LOOKING EAST
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The legendary Trans-Siberian train cross 8,200 km. of land from St. Petersburg to Beijing, via Mongolia taking the Trans-Mongolian route.

The trip can be done without getting off the train in just one week but I preferred to change trains and stop along the way to discover inhospitable and amazing places.

It took me one month to reach final destination, experiencing the life train and feeling how it changes the landscape, language and local customs of the travellers, and time zones; where the days turn into nights in a blink of eyes, while the machine advances firmly towards the East in a fight without truce of the train and the clock hands.

The Russian section
The journey from St. Petersburg makes stops in great russian cities like Moscow, Kazan and Yekaterinburg through the amazing Ural Mountains to penetrate into the Siberian steppe and its capital, Novosibirsk.
Arriving Irkutsk with its Lake Baikal and Ulan Ude, last russian stop, the mixed culture is evident.

The Mongolian section
More than one third of the mongolian population live in the capital, Ulan Bator, and many of them in the suburbs called "ger districts".
The rest of the mongolians live based on agriculture dispersed in small villages like Karakorum, the ancient capital during Mongol Empire.
The Goby desert can be seen in the last part of the journey before entering China.

The Chinese section
At the Mongolian-Chinese border, takes several hours to change the wheels of the train. Restaurant wagon becomes chinese and becomes more difficult to speak english but when you wake up you’re already in the dragon capital, Beijing.