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Trans-Siberian Culture Photo Gallery

Russia, Mongolia and China have very distinct cultures which go towards making the Trans-Siberian tours such a superb trip. Russian culture is predominantly European even as far east as Vladivostok. Mongolia has a nomadic culture of the steppe that survives outside of Ulaanbaatar. China has one foot firmly in it’s past and the other striding very much into the future making for fascinating contrasts.

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Cultural Experiences Along the Trans-Siberian

  BOLSHOI THEATRE – MOSCOW
A venue for both opera and ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and Opera companies are amongst the world’s most famous and oldest with the ballet company being the largest in the world with over 200 dancers.

  CAPITALISM V. COMMUNISM – MOSCOW
Moscow is a city that has constant reminders of it’s communist past looking uncomfortably over its capitalist present. There are still those coming to terms with such a monumental shift in politics.

  RUSSIAN EAGLES – ST. PETERSBURG
The double-headed eagle is a common symbol connected to the Russian empire as well as the Byzantine and Holy Roman Empires. It represents it’s leader having control of state and religion as well as power to the East and the West.

  RUSSIAN CHURCH INTERIOR – MOSCOW
The Russian Orthodox church has retained its power in Russia despite over 70 years of Communist rule. The churches are extremely ornate inside, full of gold and religious icons or artefacts.

  SOVIET ‘SHRINE’ – MOSCOW
Despite it being over 20 years since Communism fell in Russia, the Soviet influence on society is clear to see. It is something that certainly hasn’t been covered up and forgotten about.

  ARCHITECTURE – ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is home to some of Russia’s most impressive architecture, much of it designed by Europeans. It’s easy to see this continental European influence throughout the city and it’s home to one of the great world museums – The Hermitage.

  VILLAGE LIFE – SIBERIA
Siberian village life is a whole world away from Moscow and St.Petersburg. It is a slower pace of life where most people still live off the land and a great place to remember what life is really about.

  BURYAT CULTURE – ULAN UDE
Ulan Ude is capital of the Republic of Buryatia and the centre of Buryat culture. It has been part of both the Mongol empire as well as two Chinese dynasties. It continues to be the centre of Buddhist culture in Russia.

  BUDDHIST CULTURE – ULAN UDE
Ulan Ude is the centre for Russian Buddhism at the monastery know as Ivolginsky Datsan . It was, however unlikely, set up during Stalin’s time and with his knowledge. This is as Asian as Russia gets.

  SAUNA – SIBERIA
There is nothing more relaxing after a day’s trekking the hills than the “banya” or traditional Russian sauna with an ice cold drink. Used instead of showers out in the Siberian countryside and an essential part of any Siberian experience.

  GENGHIS KHAN STATUE – ULAANBAATAR
The Genghis Khan statue in downtown Ulaanbaatar looks out across the square. Outside the city there is the tallest equestrian statue in the world and stands there proudly looking across the Mongolian plains as the great Khan himself once did. You can climb up the statue and look out for yourself.

  GENGHIS KHAN STATUE – ULAANBAATAR
The Genghis Khan statue in downtown Ulaanbaatar looks out across the square. Outside the city there is the tallest equestrian statue in the world and stands there proudly looking across the Mongolian plains as the great Khan himself once did. You can climb up the statue and look out for yourself.

  GER ENTRANCE – MONGOLIA
Gers still make up most of the housing in Mongolia and despite a third of the population now living in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Even out of that third you will find that most still spend some of the year in a ger out on the steppe.

  GER BUILDING – MONGOLIA
Mongolian Gers can be constructed in as little as 2 hours and are the perfect dwelling for nomadic people who need to move around the country to find the best grazing for their animals.

  NOMADIC CULTURE – MONGOLIA
Nomadic culture is such an integral part of Mongolian life that even those who live in apartments still spend some of the year doing it. They keep on moving, fully knowing where to be at what time of year, this is not for the benefit of tourists!

  GER INTERIOR – MONGOLIA
The Ger must be both cool in the summer and extremely warm in the winter due to the almost ridiculous temperature change that happens from Summer to Winter in Mongolia, and they are just that!

  CHINESE TEMPLES – BEIJING
Despite 65 years of Communism, there are many reminders of the religious past which had been heavily suppressed. Many temples still exist and they will be full around the Chinese New Year with Chinese wishing for a successful year.

  CHINESE CUISINE – PEKING DUCK
Beijing’s most famous dish worldwide and somewhat of a ritual when it comes to its preparation. Peking duck has been the food of Emperors as well as the common man. Any visit to Beijing is incomplete without rolling up a roast duck pancake!

  CHINESE ACROBATS – BEIJING
A real highlight of any trip to Beijing or Shanghai are the Chinese acrobats who mix up incredible feats of balance and control with a high paced action packed show to keep the whole family entertained.

  CHINESE TEA CULTURE
Tea is so much more than just a drink in Chinese history and culture. There is a whole ritual and correct system in which to take your tea. Learn about it in any Chinese city.

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