Trans-Siberian Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Trip Hong Kong to Moscow
The actress and model (She actually modelled in Moscow back in 1966 during the height of the Cold War!) will take this epic 5,000 plus mile journey through China, Mongolia and Russia, bringing the Trans-Siberian to a much larger audience than it ordinarily receives.
Travel the Trans-Mongolian From Beijing to Moscow
Of course, the original Trans-Siberian route doesn’t leave Russia, starting (or finishing) in Moscow and finishing (or starting) in Vladivostok right on the Eastern coast of Russia and home to the Russian Pacific fleet. However I have found, in my time working for The Trans-Siberian Travel Company, that the route that goes through China to Mongolia as Joanna Lumley’s journey does, is by far the most popular and arguably is also the most rewarding. This route is often referred to as the Trans-Mongolian, for obvious reasons. It does still, however traverse a large part of Siberia and has many popular stops on the way such as Irkutsk for Lake Baikal and Ulan-Ude, the most Asian of Russian towns.
Joanna will start her trip though in Hong Kong as opposed to Beijing, the traditional starting point of an East to West Trans-Mongolian tour. It will be interesting to see how she thinks a place that she grew up in as a child has changed especially with Hong Kong now residing under the control of Mainland China as opposed to the British colony it was when she was a young girl there.
She will be taking in such wonders as the Great Wall, something she claims took her breath away. She’ll also be watching ballet dancers in Perm, something she talks about with great respect, admiration and wonderment.
2 Continents and 3 Countries All in 1 Classic Train Journey
I’m certainly hopeful that her journey will inspire many more to think about taking this amazing trip across 2 continents and 3 very big countries! It is a trip that never fails to excite and bring an experience that will live with that person for the rest of their life. I for one will be watching the program avidly having taken the trip myself many times and I’m sure I’ll be able to share my experiences with many more Trans-Siberian Express travellers in the not to distant future once they’ve had the opportunity to see just how amazing this trip and these countries really are.
So make sure, come Sunday July 12th you are tuned in to this show and I hope it will inspire you to travel along this incredible train line and help people to realise there is so much more to these destinations than they ever believed possible. I for one am looking forward to journeying again on the Trans-Siberian, this time with Joanna Lumley, now that’s a trip I haven’t done before!
Article originally posted by Phil Stanley and Headseast: 10th July 2015