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'''Ulan Ude''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Ула́н-Удэ́ ''oo-LAHN oo-DEH'') is the capital of [[Buryatia]].
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'''Ulan Ude''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Ула́н-Удэ́ ''oo-LAHN oo-DEH'') is the capital of [[Buryatia]], known during Soviet times as the Buryat Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
[[Image:Wooden house in ulan ude.jpg|thumb|200px|A pretty wooden house in the old part of Ulan-Ude]]
 
[[Image:Wooden house in ulan ude.jpg|thumb|200px|A pretty wooden house in the old part of Ulan-Ude]]
  
The town was founded in 1666, and due to its location on trade routes between Russia, [[China]] and [[Mongolia]] it developed into a prosperous trading town. Ulan Ude is an important commercial and industrial center of Eastern Siberia, located on the 5640th kilometer of the Trans-Siberian railway. It is the capital of Buryatia republic that is a home for Buryat, Evenk and Russian people. The city itself has a distinct Asian-like feel, perhaps because of the cultural mix and proximity to Mongolia. There are about 400 000 inhabitants, but it seems to be very calm and local people are friendly to visitors.  
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Ulan Ude, originally called Udinskoye, is in an area of Russia called [[Buryatia]], named after the nomadic Buryat Mongols that first settled in the area. In the 1650s, as a result of a split in the Russian Orthodox Church, a group of people called the "Old Believers" were forced to flee their homes and escape to Siberia in order to freely practice their religion. The settlement was officially founded in 1666 by Russian Cossacks as a fortress. Due to its location on trade routes between Russia, [[China]] and [[Mongolia]], it developed into a prosperous trading town. It grew further when it became a hub for the [[Trans Siberian Railway]] in 1900 and the locomotive manufacturing industry dominated the economy. Ulan Ude means "Red Ude" in the local Buryat language. The city was closed to foreigners before 1991.
  
===Climate===
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Buryat Mongols make up over 20% of the population of Ulan Ude, and the Mongolian cultural influence on the city is very noticeable. However, much of the original Buryat culture and religious buildings were destroyed by the Soviets in the 1930s. Shamanism, Buddhism, and Orthodox Christianity are all commonly practiced in Ulan Ude. There are approximately 400,000 inhabitants.
  
The months of January to March are the coldest, with temperature reaching as low as -27°C in January.  April and May are also cold, but usually it is above freezing.  June to August are the most pleasant months with lots of sunshine and temperatures rising to the low 20s. September and October are bracing months, but not yet very cold. November and December again sees a return to freezing temperatures of around -10°C  to -20°C.
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The city is situated at the intersection of the Uda and the Selenga rivers and is between the Khamar-Daban and Ulan-Burgasy mountain ranges. The city is 100km south of [[Lake Baikal]], along the Uda River. Lake Baikal tourism is very important to the economy of Ulan Ude and the city is tourist-friendly.
  
Generally, it is very contrast: in summer it may be very hot, and in winter it may be freezing. The months of January to March are the coldest, with temperature reaching as low as -27°C in January. April and May are also cold, but usually it is above freezing. June to August are the most pleasant months with lots of sunshine. Also, the whole Buryatia, and Ulan-Ude particulary, is considered to be the place where there are the most sunny days during the year, comparing to other places around.  
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===Climate===
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In summer it may be very hot, and in winter it may be freezing. The months of January to March are the coldest, with temperature reaching as low as -27°C in January. April and May are also cold, but usually it is above freezing. June to August are the most pleasant months with lots of sunshine and temperatures rising to the low 20s. September and October are bracing months, but not yet very cold. November and December incur freezing temperatures of around -10°C to -20°C. Also, the whole of Buryatia, and Ulan-Ude in particular, is considered to be the place where there are the most sunny days during the year, compared to other places in the area.  
 
The average temperature during the year is: January -27 | February -18 | March -9 | April +1 | May +9 | June +18 | July +20 | August +22 | September +10 | October 0 | November -11 | December –19
 
The average temperature during the year is: January -27 | February -18 | March -9 | April +1 | May +9 | June +18 | July +20 | August +22 | September +10 | October 0 | November -11 | December –19
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Humidity is low, so the extreme temperatures don't feel as extreme as they would in humid areas.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
*There are daily flights to/from Moscow on Sibir airlines (now called S7 Airlines) — the 6 hour flights from Moscow are overnight, arriving around 8:30AM, with return flight leaving at around 9:30AM, arriving Moscow around 10:30AM [http://www.s7.ru]
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'''[http://www.airportbaikal.ru/eng/ Baikal International Airport (аэропорт Байкал))]''', ({{IATA|UUD}}), +7 301 222-79-59, is 12km west of the city centre. The airport serves approximately 300,000 passengers per year. There are regular flights to many major Russian cities including [[Moscow]] (7 hour flight, RUB14,500), [[Krasnoyarsk]], [[Vladivostok]], [[Blagoveshensk]], [[Irkutsk]], [[Khabarovsk]], and [[Novosibirsk]], as well as international flights to [[Ulaanbaatar]], [[Beijing]], and [[Seoul]].
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[http://www.airportbaikal.ru/eng/kak-dobratsya/avtobus/ Buses #55 and #77] operate between the airport and Ploshchad Sovietov, the location of the giant Lenin head, in the city centre. To reach the airport bus station, walk straight out from the airport and turn left at the crossroad then continue walking for 5-10 minutes. The bus costs RUB20. Alternatively, taxis should cost RUB300 if negotiated in advance and the journey to the city centre by taxi takes approximately 20 minutes.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
*As [[Ulan-Ude]] stands in the middle of [[Trans-Siberian]] route connecting it to [[Trans-Mongolian]] railway, there are a '''lot of trains''' passing it by from any direction such as [[Moscow]] in the west, [[Ulaan-Bataar]] from the south and [[Vladivostok]] from the east.
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*There are many daily trains to [[Irkutsk]] (takes 8 hours), [[Chita]]  
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The train station is located in the city centre, a 5 minute walk from the main street, ulitsa Lenina.
*There is a couple of trains to [[Ulaan-Baatar]]. Ulan Ude is the first major Russian city past the Mongolian border. It takes around 20 hours by train from UB.
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*The famous among backpackers way to get to Ulan Ude is to take a four day journey from [[Moscow]].
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{{seealso|Trans-Siberian Railway}}
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All Trans-Siberian trains stop at Ulan Ude, which is 5,642km from the [[Moscow]] commencement point.
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Train timetables and fares can be found on the [http://pass.rzd.ru/main-pass/public/en RZD website]. There are several daily trains to [[Moscow]] (95 hours, RUB4,000-11,000), [[Krasnoyarsk]] (25 hours, RUB1,600-8,400), [[Irkutsk]] (8 hours, RUB750-4,000), [[Novosibirsk]] (40 hours, RUB2,200-10,400), [[Omsk]] (50 hours, RUB2,600-7,600), [[Yekaterinburg]] (63 hours, RUB3,300-9,000), [[Perm]] (70 hours, RUB3,500-9,600), [[Vladivostok]] (61 hours, RUB3,300-16,000), [[Ulaanbaatar]] (22 hours, including a 12-hour scheduled stop at the border), and [[Beijing]] (66 hours, once per week).
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Ulan-Ude is the first major Russian city on the train journey from [[Mongolia]].
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
*There are daily buses from and to [[Ulaanbaatar]]. Departing at 7.30am from either UB (front of train station) or UU, the journey taking about 10-12 hours. From Ulan Ude, travel agents sell tickets for 1100R, including a 10% booking fee. Tickets departing Ulan Bator are sold at the upper floor of the building next to the train station (facing the station, it's on the left), for T45,000. They will not accept rubles, but the desk next to them is an exchange desk, with quite good rates. All in all, this is a much cheaper and faster alternative to the train.
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The bus station “Selenga” (also known as “Yuzhniy”) is at Korabelnaya st 32, at the end of Sovetskaya st. It is 1.5km from the train station and it can be reached on foot or by marshrutka #30 or #29. There is a baggage storage room open from 8:00AM to 8:00PM. Sometimes it is referred to as the "South Bus Station"; however, the north bus station no longer exists.
*Minibuses operate a service to the Mongolian border town of Kyakhta. The buses depart every hour from 7am to 7pm and the three hour journey costs 250R. Coming in by train, the distance to the bus terminal is rather long so you have to take a taxi. Learn how to do it in Russian and you will not get ripped off. The minibus driver will most probably ask for 50R. extra for each of your luggage.
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*There is a bus service operating both to [[Irkutsk]] and [[Chita]], but the frequency depends on the season. Departs from the train station. Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk train station is 700 roubles. You just come to the bus, occupy seats and pay to the driver.
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Note that many buses/marshruktas, including those to [[Irkutsk]], [[Lake Baikal]], [[Arshan]], and [[Chita]], also stop at or leave from the train station. Buses/marshruktas are generally less comfortable than the train; however they are usually cheaper and faster. Many small towns in Buryatia cannot be reached by train, and bus is the only public transportation option to reach these areas.
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* There are daily buses to/from [[Ulaanbaatar]], departing from either city at 7:30AM for the 10-12 hour journey. Tickets can be purchased at travel agency offices for RUB1,100. The bus is much cheaper and faster than the train.
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* Minibuses operate a service to the Mongolian border town of [[Kyakhta]]. The buses depart every hour from 7:00AM to 7:00PM and the 3-hour journey costs RUB250. The minibus driver will most probably ask for RUB50 extra for each piece of luggage.
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* There are buses/marshrutkas to [[Lake Baikal]] (3 hours, RUB300), [[Irkutsk]] (9 hours, RUB700), [[Arshan]], and [[Chita]], departing from the Ulan-Ude train station. Tickets can be purchased from the driver. The buses usually leave early in the morning, once full.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
[[Image:Lenin Head in Ulan-Ude.jpg|thumb|150px|Ulan-Ude's Lenin Head is surely the largest in the world]]
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===By foot===
The center of Ulan Ude is relatively compact, and very walkable. Taxis roam the streets for the lazy, but don't expect any of the drivers to speak English. If you don't want to walk, shuttle buses (10-12 seat minbuses) run frequently to all parts of the city for a flat cost of 15 RUB (from 2013), each route is numbered (on the windscreen) so get help to identify the route you want, flag the bus down to get on, pay the driver and indicate when you want to get off. There are also a limited number of tram routes. Main tram line is a circle around the whole city, quite slow soviet era wagons will give you the taste of the place from locals' eyes.  
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The central tourist area of Ulan Ude is compact and is very walkable.
  
From 2013 there are only 2 bus stations - Train station and South Bus station. Buses to lake Baikal and most of the republic depart from South Bus station. Some of the buses leave from train station, to Irkutsk and to Arshan.
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===By taxi===
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Taxis are plentiful but drivers rarely speak any English.
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===By public transportation===
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There are marshrutkas, buses, and a few tram routes. Trips on public transportation cost less than RUB30.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
===City Center===
 
*The '''World's Largest Lenin Head''', main city square.
 
*The '''merchant's mansions'''. Historical relics of the town's prosperity as a trading center. The mansions are located along the banks of the Uda River.
 
*The '''Arbat street''', it's locally called Arbat after famous Moscow Arbat, Lenin street in real life. The part of the street is pedestrian, the main place for meeting, walking, shopping for locals. It's a right place to get an atmosphere of the city just sitting on a bench.
 
  
===Datsans and Churches===
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===City center===
*'''Odigitrievsky Cathedral'''. Founded in 1741. The first stone building in the town. Located at the beginning of Lenin street (near river Uda).
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[[Image:Lenin Head in Ulan-Ude.jpg|thumb|150px|The largest Lenin head in the world]]
*'''Rimpoche bagsha, buddhist center''' Streletskaya st.,1. Not only a new nice lama temple, but scenic panoramic view of the whole city. Take bus 97 from Baikal Plaza hotel at Lenin's head square to the last stop.
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*'''Ivolginsky datsan''' Buddhist Monastery — 23 km from the city. Buses no 130 leave from bus stop at the Odigitrievsky Cathedral one after another for the forty minute journey to Ivolginsk village. Get off at the last stop and get on another bus (which is the only there) and you're at the Monastery in 10 minutes. Expect to pay 45 roubles for the whole drive.
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* The '''World's Largest Lenin Head''' is in Ploshchad Sovietov, the main city square. The head is 7.7m tall and weighs 42 tons. It was unveiled in 1970 in honor of Lenin's 100th birthday and to remind the local population who was in charge. In is now a common meeting place.
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* The '''merchant's mansions''', richly decorated with wood and stone carvings. Historical relics of the town's prosperity as a trading center. The mansions are located along the banks of the Uda River.
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* '''Lenina Street, also called Arbat street'''. Part of the street is pedestrian-only. It is the main place for meeting, walking, shopping for locals and a good place for people-watching.
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* '''Gostiniye Ryady''', the former shopping arcade.
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* '''Revolution Square''' was the location of bazaars during historical times. There is a victory arch with a two-headed Russian eagle.
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* '''Embankment of Selenga''' (at Pioner mall, close to main bus station). A good place for people-watching.
  
 
===Museums===
 
===Museums===
*'''Ethnographic Museum''', Verhnaya Beriozovka. Old homesteads and Buryat wooden yurts have been relocated to the site, and along with reconstructed streets representing traditional Buryati homes, this outdoor exhibition consists of seven large complexes. Only bus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "MUZEI". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive.  
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*'''History museum'''. Profsoyuznaya st., 29. The rachest musem of the city. 400 years of buryat history.
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* <see name="Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture" alt="" address="Verhnaya Beriozovka" directions="Take Bus #37 from Baikal Plaza Hotel bus stop, south of Ploshchad Sovietov, same side of the street as the hotel, and tell a driver to stop at MUZEI - RUB17, 30 minute drive" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (3012) 33-25-10; 44-33-10" tollfree="" email="emtp@mail.ru" fax="" url="http://www.ethnomuseum03.ru/" hours="W-Su 10AM-6PM; on Monday, only the small zoo is open; on Tuesday the zoo and one other house are open" price="RUB180">An outdoor museum. Old homesteads, including some 17th century Cossack houses, and Buryat wooden yurts have been relocated to the site, and along with reconstructed streets representing traditional Buryati homes. Includes a small zoo.</see>
*'''Fine arts museum'''. Kuibisheva st.,29. Buryat painting, buddhist tankas, horse hair tapistry
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*'''Nature museum'''. Lenina st., 46. Flore and fauna of Buryatia.
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* <see name="Museum of Buryatia History" alt="" address="Profsoyuznaya ul., d. 29" directions="In the city centre" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (3012) 2 21 70" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="T-Su 10AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays" price="">Rare books, clothing, and artifacts from the region, including those from Shamanism, Buddhist, and Christian religions. The highlight exhibit is a rare illustrated book from the 17th century on Tibetan medicine.</see>
*'''Geology museum'''. Lenina st., 59.
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*'''Museum of city's history'''. Lenina st., 26
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* <see name="City History Museum / History of Ulan-Ude" alt="" address="Lenina Str., 26." directions="In the city centre" lat="" long="" phone="+7 301 221-25-22" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9AM-6PM" price="">In a house that formerly belonged to a wealthy tea merchant. Includes an exhibition to Pandito Hambo-Lama XII, Dasha-Dorzho Itigelov, leader of the Buddhists of East Siberia between 1911 and 1917.</see>
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* <see name="Museum of Buryatia Nature" alt="" address="Lenina Str., 46" directions="In the city centre" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (3012) 24833" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="T-Su 10AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays" price="">Includes exhibits on the animals, botany, and geology of the area.</see>
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* <see name="Sampilov Museum of Fine Arts" alt="" address="Kuibysheva ul., d. 29" directions="In the city centre" lat="" long="" phone="+7 (3012) 22909" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="T-Su 10AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays" price="">Also known as the East-Siberian Hermitage, this museum contains over 7,000 pieces of fine art from the Buryatia region.</see>
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* <see name="Geological Museum" alt="" address="Lenina Str., 59" directions="In the city centre" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F: 11:00AM-4:30PM; Sa-Su: Closed" price="">Features the largest collection of minerals, rocks, gems, and stones from the Lake Baikal region.</see>
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===Religious buildings===
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[[Image:Odigitrievsky Cathedral.jpg|thumb|350px|The Odigitrievsky Cathedral]]
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* '''Odigitrievsky Cathedral''' (at the beginning of Lenin street, near river Uda). Built in 1741 in honor of the Madonna of the Odigitria. The first stone building in the town.
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* '''Rimpoche bagsha, buddhist center''' Streletskaya st., 1. (Take bus #97 from Baikal Plaza hotel at Lenin's head square to the last stop) A new nice lama temple with a scenic panoramic view of the whole city. The temple should be explored for about an hour.
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* '''Ivolginsky datsan''' Buddhist Monastery — 23km from the city. (Take Bus #130 from a bus stop just north of the bus station to Ivolginsk village- 40 minute ride, RUB40. Get off at the last stop and take a marshrutka to the Monastery - 10 minute ride, RUB20). This is the centre of Buddhism in Russia, being with permission from Stalin. Although the Dalai Lama has visited several times, many tourists find the temple to be kitsch.
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* ''Bolshoi Kunalei'' is a nearby village where the Old Believers, called "Semeiskiye", live. They will sing songs for visitors and you will be treated to homemade wine.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
* <do name="Rimpoche bagsha, buddhist center" alt="" address="Streletskaya st.,1" directions="take a mini bus 95 till the final stop" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="free"> There is a pretty nice view from the hill. You can see the whole city.</do>
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* <do name="Puppet Theatre Ulger" alt="" address="Lenina street 46" directions="" phone="+7 3012 213764" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9am -6pm from monday to friday" price="">The name of the “Ulger” theatre is translated as “legend”. Puppet theatre “Ulger” was founded in 1967 and is the only theatre for young audiences in Buryatia. Among the theatre’s productions are many plays by Russian and foreign playwrights, but the theatre also puts an emphasis on plays by Buryat playwrights. The theatre tours both inside and outside Russia, participates in different festivals, and frequently is a laureate of different contests, winning prestigious professional awards. In 2006 the theatre won the Golden Mask National Theatre Award in the nominations “Puppetry/Best Production” and “Puppetry/Best Actor”. “Ulger” Theatre gradually steps over the boundaries of puppet theatre. In the last five years the dramatic performances Dogs, Zoya’s Apartment, The Space of a Spirit, To Go and not Return were staged at the theatre. The theatre tours extensively in Russia and abroad. In 2006 the production “Singing Arrow” received the Golden Mask Award in the nominations “Best Production” and “Best Actor”.</do>
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* <do name="Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater" alt="" address="Lenina St., 51" directions="At Lenin's head square" phone="+7 (3012) 21 36 00" email="uuopera@mail.ru" fax="" url="http://www.uuopera.ru/" hours="" price="RUB150-700">Beautiful building. Watch performances of Buryat singing and dancing.</do>
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* <do name="Puppet Theatre Ulger" alt="" address="Lenina street 46" directions="" phone="+7 3012 213764" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9am -6pm from monday to friday" price="">The name of the “Ulger” theatre is translated as “legend”. The theatre was built in 1967 and caters to kids. Features 40 local plays, including several in the Buryat language. The performers have toured worldwide and have won several international awards.</do>
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==Learn==
 
==Learn==
 
*'''Buryatsky State University'''[http://www.bsu.ru/]
 
*'''Buryatsky State University'''[http://www.bsu.ru/]
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Cedar oil (Кедровое масло) and other cedar products are a specialty of this region. Small Buddha statues are a common souvenir and are said to bring good luck.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
Try local buryat cuisine. Mainly it's dumplings - steamed "Pozi", fried "Sharbin" or "Khushuur". Soups - meat broth "Bukhlyor" and noodles "Shuleen".
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Try local buryat cuisine. Mainly it's small meat dumplings called "buuza", steamed "Pozi", fried "Sharbin", or "Khushuur". Soups include meat broth "Bukhlyor" and noodles "Shuleen".
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*'''Appetite''' Lenin's head looks at it. Quite cheap, tray style, russian food, free wifi.
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*'''Shene Buuza''' Opposite Natural history Museum just a few meters down the Triumph arch.
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*'''Modern nomads''' Ranzhurova st., 1 (at intersection with Yerbanova st.); mongolian cuisine, meals for 300-400 RUB, drinks from 30 RUB. Nice interior but hot in summer.
  
===Local cuisine===
 
*'''Appetite''' Lenin's head looks at it. Quite cheap, tray style, russian food, free wifi.
 
*'''Modern nomads''' Ranjurova st., 1; mongolian cuisine
 
 
*'''"Baatar orgoo" YURT GER''' cafe, Verhnaya Beryozovka, Dokuchaeva str.11. Only minibus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "KAFE YURTA". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive. Only traditional food and very nice atmosphere. 500-700 r/meal
 
*'''"Baatar orgoo" YURT GER''' cafe, Verhnaya Beryozovka, Dokuchaeva str.11. Only minibus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "KAFE YURTA". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive. Only traditional food and very nice atmosphere. 500-700 r/meal
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*'''"Buuza"''' cafe/bar, Communist str. 41a; on tram tracks, near hotel Siberia, 3 mins from Lenin's head
 
*'''"Buuza"''' cafe/bar, Communist str. 41a; on tram tracks, near hotel Siberia, 3 mins from Lenin's head
*'''"Buuza"''' (again?) cafe, Yerbanova str. 20; 1 min from Lenin's head, left to Baikal Plaza hotel
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*'''"Tenghis"''' restaurant , Yerbanova str. 12; Inside Baikal Plaza hotel
 
*'''"Tenghis"''' restaurant , Yerbanova str. 12; Inside Baikal Plaza hotel
*'''"Buuza"''' (again?!) cafe, Communist str. 44; opposite Siberia hotel
 
Taken from [[http://uuhostel.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=20:where-to-eat&amp;catid=9:uu&amp;Itemid=17 uuhostel.com]]
 
  
===Coffee houses===
 
*'''Marco Polo''' Kommunisticheskaya st., 46; coffee house, breakfast, salads
 
*'''Safari''' Erbanova st., 20; coffee house
 
*'''Shokolad''' Karl-Marks blvrd, 11; top recommended coffee house. It's located just opposite the new russian drama theater which is about 15 minutes on tram. Nice location, nice coffee
 
 
===Others===
 
 
*'''Marusia''' Lenina st., 46; russian cuisine
 
*'''Marusia''' Lenina st., 46; russian cuisine
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* <eat name="Ulger Restaurant & Cafe" alt="" address="Kirova str., 8" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-21-09" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="7$ for full dinner;">A restaurant with traditional Russian and Buryatian food. A nice terrace outside..</eat>
 
* <eat name="Ulger Restaurant & Cafe" alt="" address="Kirova str., 8" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-21-09" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="7$ for full dinner;">A restaurant with traditional Russian and Buryatian food. A nice terrace outside..</eat>
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* <eat name="Zolotoy Drakon" alt="" address="Lenina St., 46" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-80-66" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11.00 to 22.00" price="5-10$;">Chinese restraunt</eat>
 
* <eat name="Zolotoy Drakon" alt="" address="Lenina St., 46" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-80-66" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11.00 to 22.00" price="5-10$;">Chinese restraunt</eat>
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* <eat name="Churchill pub&grill" alt="" address="Lenina St." directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="10-20$;">On Lenin street opposite the Lenin's head. A restaurant in european style, with various meats prepared mostly on a grill. Price around 300-500 RUB. Probably one of the nicest/most expensive restaurants in town with staff speaking English.</eat>
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* <eat name="Darwin pub" alt="" address="Prospekt 50 let Oktyabria, 13" directions="" phone="44-22-15" email="" fax="" url="pubdarwin.ru" hours="" price="10-20$;">British pub in downtown. European food, huge amount of draft beer from all around the world. </eat>
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===Supermarkets===
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Food can be bought in shops; look for the signs with "магазин" ("Magazine", literally: store).
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* <eat name="Sputnik" alt="" address="ul. Kommunisticheskaya 48" directions="at the intersection of Yerbanova and Kommunisticheskaya, near Baikal Plaza hotel" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="24 hours per day" price="">Good selection of prepared foods, including vegetarian options.</eat>
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* '''Titan Supermarket'''
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* '''Slavyanskiy bazar''' on Smolina street near intersection with Sovyetskaya street.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
'''Churchill pub'''. So far the best pub in the center of UU. Lenin looks at it, that simple ;)
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The local Baikalpharm brand of vodka is very popular and a bottle makes a great souvenir.
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===Bars===
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*'''Churchill pub'''. So far the best pub in the center of UU. Lenin looks at it, that simple ;)
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*'''Irish Pub'''. At the end of Lenin street.
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*'''Harat's Pub'''. At the South Bus terminal
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===Cafes===
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*'''Marco Polo''' Kommunisticheskaya st., 46; coffee house, breakfast, salads
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*'''Safari''' Erbanova st., 20; coffee house
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*'''Shokolad''' Karl-Marks blvrd, 11; top recommended coffee house. It's located just opposite the new russian drama theater which is about 15 minutes on tram. Nice location, nice coffee
  
 
==Sleep==
 
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Most hotels and hostels offer free WiFi and many have computer terminals. Almost all accept credit cards. Hotels and hostels will usually provide a visa invitation and registration for an additional fee.
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
*'''Ulan Ude Travelers House''', +7-950-391-6325, +7-902-455-2222, uuhostel@gmail.com, [http://uuhostel.com], 600 RUB including breakfast. Free Wifi and guest computer. ''Address: Lenin str 63, app 18.'' The most central located hostel is just on the Soviet square with the famous giant Lenin's head monument. Clean and cozy. 10 minutes walk from train station, less than a minute to main sights of the city.  Look for a 4 storey yellow building with a big sign 'S7 airlines' on the top, it should be between a building with 670000 sign on the top (post office) and a grey building with pillars (president residence). Right entrance, a black door right to S7 airlines office. Press 18 and B on terminal and wait for the door to open. Second floor, right door. Dennis speaks fluent english and can help you with everything you need, so can the staff. There is a lot of information on the walls in the hostel. They can arrange bus tickets to Mongolia or help you to get there other way if tickets are sold out.
 
  
*'''Rooftop hostel''', +7-950-391-6325, +7-902-455-2222, uuhostel@gmail.com, [http://uuhostel.com], 600 RUB including breakfast. ''Address: Profsoyuznaya, 35, ap. 8a. It is the additional hostel by Ulan Ude Travellers House. They have a rooftop from where you can see the whole city which is a great view especially at night.
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* <sleep name="Dostoevsky Hostel" alt="" address="Borsoeva st., 33" directions="In the city centre; 10 minute walk from the train station" phone="+7 (983) 531-75-29" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="uu@hdhostel.com" fax="" url="http://hdhostel.com/en/our-hostels/ulan-ude/" checkin="" checkout="" price="6-bed dorm: RUB450; 4-bed dorm: RUB600; Double: RUB1,200">Nice hostel.</sleep>
  
*'''Hotel Odon''', Gagarin str., 43 (a 5 minute walk from the railway station). Tel:''+7 3012'' 443-480. Popular with Chinese businessman, rooms and hygiene standards reflect the low price. Single rooms from 400R, doubles from 600R. Cheaper rooms don't have a shower, and there aren't shared facilities on site. Consider getting a better room or hitting up the banya.
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* <sleep name="Ulan Ude Travellers House AKA UUhostel" alt="" address="Lenin str, #63; Apartment 18" directions="In the city centre; at the Lenin Head Statue; look for a 4-floor yellow building with a big sign 'S7 airlines' on the top. Right entrance, a black door right to S7 airlines office. Press 18 and B on terminal and wait for the door to open" phone="+7 902 455-22-22" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="UUhostel@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://uuhostel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="RUB500-650">Friendly staff that can help you book onward travel.</sleep>
*'''Homestay''', 1100-1300 RUB including breakfast. Tel. +7 9025 648278, myasnikova_nat@rambler.ru, naran1741@hotmail.com
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*'''Hostel House''', 8(9025) 620-888, 8 (301) 262-08-88. HostelHouse@mail.ru, [http://hostelhouse.ru/]. улица Смолина, д. 54, лит. А, Ulan-Ude, RU. ''Address: Smolina str 54a, 3rd/last floor.'' 600 RUB, more in summer. Food is nor provided, neither the laundry detergent, etc. About 10 minute walk to the city center (Lenin Head), close to cheap eateries. Part of the staff speaks decent English. As of 15/05/2013, you get a key to the apartment and the usual electronic key for the building's front main door. The Owner speaks enough English and can arrange for transport to Ulaanbaatar if you are doing the trans-Siberian.
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*'''Hostel House''', 8(9025) 620-888, 8 (301) 262-08-88. HostelHouse@mail.ru, [http://hostelhouse.ru/]. улица Смолина, д. 54, лит. А, Ulan-Ude, RU. ''Address: Smolina str 54a, 3rd/last floor.'' 600 RUB, more in summer. About 10 minute walk to the city center (Lenin Head), close to cheap eateries.  
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*'''Point Hostel''', +7 (3012) 211253, sms +7-9140-588-558. centerpointhostel@gmail.com, [http://pointhostel.com/]. ''Address: (Y)Erbanova str. 1-22.'' 6bed, 4bed and double bed dorm, for 500-600-700 RUB. 15 minutes walk from the train station, 5 minutes from the bus station / Soviet square. Entrance is from the back of the house. Free WiFi and tea/coffee in a kitchen.
  
 
===Mid range===
 
===Mid range===
  
*'''Hotel Geser''', Ranjurova ul., 11. Tel.:'' +7 3012'' 211-178, 215-383. Fax: 216-151 E-mail: Hotel_geser@mail.ru [http://www.geser.burnet.ru] A cozy hotel with English speaking staff. Sgl room 2300 RUB (summer 2008)
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* <sleep name="Hotel Baikal Plaza" alt="Байкал Плаза" address="Erbanova ul., 12" directions="Near the Lenin head statue" phone="+7 301 221-08-38" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="sales@baikalplaza.com" fax="" url="http://www.baikalplaza.com/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: From RUB3,500; Double: From RUB3,800">Refurbished, but no elevator and rooms on the 4th floor are RUB200 cheaper.</sleep>
*'''Hotel Baikal Paza''', Erbanova ul., 12. Tel.: '' +7 3012'' 210 770. Fax:463-828, e-mail: baikal-plaza@mail.ru. Recently refurbished hotel on the central square. A single room w/o a/c is 2000 RUB; twin room with a/c is 3000 RUB. No elevator. 'burnet' wireless internet available (access cards cost 100 RUB). (Summer 2008)
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*'''Hotel Buryatia''', Kommunisticheskaya ul., 47a. Tel:''+7 3012'' 31-18-35. Fax: 21-15-05, E-mail: hotel@burnet.ru About a 10-minute walk from the train station, this central hotel is located in a large and some-what run down complex. Rooms from 700R. However, if you talk to someone from Baikal Naran Tours (their office is conveniently located in the lobby), they may be able to book rooms for 500R.
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* <sleep name="Hotel Buryatia" alt="Kommunisticheskaya ul., 47a" address="" directions="Near the train station and the Lenin head statue" phone="+7 8 (3012) 214-888" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="sales@buryatiahotel.com" fax="" url="http://buryatiahotel.com/en/" checkin="Noon" checkout="Noon" price="Single: From RUB2,100; Twin: From RUB2,500; Double: From RUB4,000">14 floors.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Geser" alt="Гэсэр, гостинично-туристский комплекс" address="ul. Ranzhurova, 11" directions="Near the train station and the Lenin head statue" phone="+7 301 221-61-51" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@geser-hotel.ru" fax="" url="http://www.geser-hotel.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: From RUB3,300; Twin: From RUB4,300; Double: From RUB4,800">Red brick hotel surrounded by a garden. Staff speaks English well.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Odon" alt="Гостиничный Комплекс Одон" address="Gagarin str., 43" directions="Near the train station" phone="+7 301 244-34-80" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://odon-hotel.ru/eng/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: RUB950-1,650; Double: RUB1,350-4,200">Popular with Chinese businessman; rooms and hygiene standards reflect the low price. Staff is nice and cooperative. 75 rooms. The cheapest rooms do not have access to a shower.</sleep>
  
 
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* '''Medical Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies''', 6 Sakhyanovoi Street. Tel:''+7 3012'' 334-353, email: ofp@bsc.buriatia.ru — a good place to receive treatment for both acute and chronic ailments using traditional Tibetan herbal compounds.  
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* <listing name="Medical Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies" alt="" directions="" lat="" long="" address="6 Sakhyanovoi Street" phone="+7 8 (3012) 433 551" tollfree="" email="imbt@imbt.ru" fax="" url="http://imbt.ru/" hours="8:30AM-6:00PM" price="">A good place to receive treatment for both acute and chronic ailments using traditional Tibetan herbal compounds. </listing>
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
===Internet===
 
  
*'''Burnet Internet Cafe''', Borsoeva, 16 (just opposite to the railway station, after the bridge over the railways). Tel:''7 3012'' 212-886 — open twenty-four hours.
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*'''Hotel Geser''' (see 'sleep' section}
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The international code for Russia is +7; the code for Ulan Ude is 301.
*'''Central Post office internet cafe''', right on the central Soviet square in front of Lenin's head
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*'''Train station''', Ulan Ude train station, 1st floor, VIP hall.
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*'''[[Lake Baikal]]''' the deepest and oldest lake in the world and, by volume of water, also the planet's largest freshwater body of water. It contains 20% of the world's liquid fresh water and is just over one mile deep. A daily bus service runs from the train station, leaving about 7:30AM, returning about 3:00PM, cost 300RUB each way.
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In addition to continuing on to cities on [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] and the [[Trans-Mongolian Railway]], it is worth making a diversion to '''[[Lake Baikal]]''', the deepest and oldest lake in the world and, by volume of water, also the largest freshwater body of water. It contains 20% of the world's liquid fresh water and is 2km deep. The lake can be reached by bus.
 
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*'''Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist Monastery''' [http://www.baikal.eastsib.ru/places/ivolginsky.html] — 23 km from the city. Buses no 130 leave from South Bus Station on a regular basis, one after another. It will bring you to Ivolginsk, there is another bus waiting, it just says ДАЦАН on it. It will bring you to the Monastery. Expect to pay around 50R each way. It takes 40-60 minutes one way
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*The next noteworthy stops on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] are [[Irkutsk]] to the west and [[Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky]] to the east. There is also a branch line from Ulan-Ude to [[Ulaanbaatar]], [[Mongolia]].
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*'''Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia''' Take TransMongolian from Ulan-Ude towards capital of Mongolia. 3 options - a train, an airplane and a bus. Trains are popular, it takes about 24+ hours (long border stops), kupe carriages are only available, so it makes more expensive; buses are cheaper (1300-1600 roubles) and it's about 10-12 hours (depends on traffic); airlines is EZNIS.
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*S7 Airlines [http://www.s7.ru], 63 Ploshad Sovetov.
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*Buryat-Avia Airline Ticket Agency, 20 Erbanova St. Tel:''+7 3012'' 221-122, 221-133 Tickets sold for all major domestic and international airlines. 
 
 
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Ulan Ude (Russian: Ула́н-Удэ́ oo-LAHN oo-DEH) is the capital of Buryatia, known during Soviet times as the Buryat Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

Understand[edit]

A pretty wooden house in the old part of Ulan-Ude

Ulan Ude, originally called Udinskoye, is in an area of Russia called Buryatia, named after the nomadic Buryat Mongols that first settled in the area. In the 1650s, as a result of a split in the Russian Orthodox Church, a group of people called the "Old Believers" were forced to flee their homes and escape to Siberia in order to freely practice their religion. The settlement was officially founded in 1666 by Russian Cossacks as a fortress. Due to its location on trade routes between Russia, China and Mongolia, it developed into a prosperous trading town. It grew further when it became a hub for the Trans Siberian Railway in 1900 and the locomotive manufacturing industry dominated the economy. Ulan Ude means "Red Ude" in the local Buryat language. The city was closed to foreigners before 1991.

Buryat Mongols make up over 20% of the population of Ulan Ude, and the Mongolian cultural influence on the city is very noticeable. However, much of the original Buryat culture and religious buildings were destroyed by the Soviets in the 1930s. Shamanism, Buddhism, and Orthodox Christianity are all commonly practiced in Ulan Ude. There are approximately 400,000 inhabitants.

The city is situated at the intersection of the Uda and the Selenga rivers and is between the Khamar-Daban and Ulan-Burgasy mountain ranges. The city is 100km south of Lake Baikal, along the Uda River. Lake Baikal tourism is very important to the economy of Ulan Ude and the city is tourist-friendly.

Climate[edit]

In summer it may be very hot, and in winter it may be freezing. The months of January to March are the coldest, with temperature reaching as low as -27°C in January. April and May are also cold, but usually it is above freezing. June to August are the most pleasant months with lots of sunshine and temperatures rising to the low 20s. September and October are bracing months, but not yet very cold. November and December incur freezing temperatures of around -10°C to -20°C. Also, the whole of Buryatia, and Ulan-Ude in particular, is considered to be the place where there are the most sunny days during the year, compared to other places in the area. The average temperature during the year is: January -27 | February -18 | March -9 | April +1 | May +9 | June +18 | July +20 | August +22 | September +10 | October 0 | November -11 | December –19

Humidity is low, so the extreme temperatures don't feel as extreme as they would in humid areas.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Baikal International Airport (аэропорт Байкал)), (IATA: UUD), +7 301 222-79-59, is 12km west of the city centre. The airport serves approximately 300,000 passengers per year. There are regular flights to many major Russian cities including Moscow (7 hour flight, RUB14,500), Krasnoyarsk, Vladivostok, Blagoveshensk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, and Novosibirsk, as well as international flights to Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, and Seoul.

Buses #55 and #77 operate between the airport and Ploshchad Sovietov, the location of the giant Lenin head, in the city centre. To reach the airport bus station, walk straight out from the airport and turn left at the crossroad then continue walking for 5-10 minutes. The bus costs RUB20. Alternatively, taxis should cost RUB300 if negotiated in advance and the journey to the city centre by taxi takes approximately 20 minutes.

By train[edit]

The train station is located in the city centre, a 5 minute walk from the main street, ulitsa Lenina.

       See also: Trans-Siberian Railway

All Trans-Siberian trains stop at Ulan Ude, which is 5,642km from the Moscow commencement point.

Train timetables and fares can be found on the RZD website. There are several daily trains to Moscow (95 hours, RUB4,000-11,000), Krasnoyarsk (25 hours, RUB1,600-8,400), Irkutsk (8 hours, RUB750-4,000), Novosibirsk (40 hours, RUB2,200-10,400), Omsk (50 hours, RUB2,600-7,600), Yekaterinburg (63 hours, RUB3,300-9,000), Perm (70 hours, RUB3,500-9,600), Vladivostok (61 hours, RUB3,300-16,000), Ulaanbaatar (22 hours, including a 12-hour scheduled stop at the border), and Beijing (66 hours, once per week).

Ulan-Ude is the first major Russian city on the train journey from Mongolia.

By bus[edit]

The bus station “Selenga” (also known as “Yuzhniy”) is at Korabelnaya st 32, at the end of Sovetskaya st. It is 1.5km from the train station and it can be reached on foot or by marshrutka #30 or #29. There is a baggage storage room open from 8:00AM to 8:00PM. Sometimes it is referred to as the "South Bus Station"; however, the north bus station no longer exists.

Note that many buses/marshruktas, including those to Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Arshan, and Chita, also stop at or leave from the train station. Buses/marshruktas are generally less comfortable than the train; however they are usually cheaper and faster. Many small towns in Buryatia cannot be reached by train, and bus is the only public transportation option to reach these areas.

  • There are daily buses to/from Ulaanbaatar, departing from either city at 7:30AM for the 10-12 hour journey. Tickets can be purchased at travel agency offices for RUB1,100. The bus is much cheaper and faster than the train.
  • Minibuses operate a service to the Mongolian border town of Kyakhta. The buses depart every hour from 7:00AM to 7:00PM and the 3-hour journey costs RUB250. The minibus driver will most probably ask for RUB50 extra for each piece of luggage.
  • There are buses/marshrutkas to Lake Baikal (3 hours, RUB300), Irkutsk (9 hours, RUB700), Arshan, and Chita, departing from the Ulan-Ude train station. Tickets can be purchased from the driver. The buses usually leave early in the morning, once full.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The central tourist area of Ulan Ude is compact and is very walkable.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are plentiful but drivers rarely speak any English.

By public transportation[edit]

There are marshrutkas, buses, and a few tram routes. Trips on public transportation cost less than RUB30.

See[edit][add listing]

City center[edit]

The largest Lenin head in the world
  • The World's Largest Lenin Head is in Ploshchad Sovietov, the main city square. The head is 7.7m tall and weighs 42 tons. It was unveiled in 1970 in honor of Lenin's 100th birthday and to remind the local population who was in charge. In is now a common meeting place.
  • The merchant's mansions, richly decorated with wood and stone carvings. Historical relics of the town's prosperity as a trading center. The mansions are located along the banks of the Uda River.
  • Lenina Street, also called Arbat street. Part of the street is pedestrian-only. It is the main place for meeting, walking, shopping for locals and a good place for people-watching.
  • Gostiniye Ryady, the former shopping arcade.
  • Revolution Square was the location of bazaars during historical times. There is a victory arch with a two-headed Russian eagle.
  • Embankment of Selenga (at Pioner mall, close to main bus station). A good place for people-watching.

Museums[edit]

  • Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture, Verhnaya Beriozovka (Take Bus #37 from Baikal Plaza Hotel bus stop, south of Ploshchad Sovietov, same side of the street as the hotel, and tell a driver to stop at MUZEI - RUB17, 30 minute drive), +7 (3012) 33-25-10; 44-33-10 (), [1]. W-Su 10AM-6PM; on Monday, only the small zoo is open; on Tuesday the zoo and one other house are open. An outdoor museum. Old homesteads, including some 17th century Cossack houses, and Buryat wooden yurts have been relocated to the site, and along with reconstructed streets representing traditional Buryati homes. Includes a small zoo. RUB180.  edit
  • Museum of Buryatia History, Profsoyuznaya ul., d. 29 (In the city centre), +7 (3012) 2 21 70. T-Su 10AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays. Rare books, clothing, and artifacts from the region, including those from Shamanism, Buddhist, and Christian religions. The highlight exhibit is a rare illustrated book from the 17th century on Tibetan medicine.  edit
  • City History Museum / History of Ulan-Ude, Lenina Str., 26. (In the city centre), +7 301 221-25-22. 9AM-6PM. In a house that formerly belonged to a wealthy tea merchant. Includes an exhibition to Pandito Hambo-Lama XII, Dasha-Dorzho Itigelov, leader of the Buddhists of East Siberia between 1911 and 1917.  edit
  • Museum of Buryatia Nature, Lenina Str., 46 (In the city centre), +7 (3012) 24833. T-Su 10AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays. Includes exhibits on the animals, botany, and geology of the area.  edit
  • Sampilov Museum of Fine Arts, Kuibysheva ul., d. 29 (In the city centre), +7 (3012) 22909. T-Su 10AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays. Also known as the East-Siberian Hermitage, this museum contains over 7,000 pieces of fine art from the Buryatia region.  edit
  • Geological Museum, Lenina Str., 59 (In the city centre). M-F: 11:00AM-4:30PM; Sa-Su: Closed. Features the largest collection of minerals, rocks, gems, and stones from the Lake Baikal region.  edit

Religious buildings[edit]

The Odigitrievsky Cathedral
  • Odigitrievsky Cathedral (at the beginning of Lenin street, near river Uda). Built in 1741 in honor of the Madonna of the Odigitria. The first stone building in the town.
  • Rimpoche bagsha, buddhist center Streletskaya st., 1. (Take bus #97 from Baikal Plaza hotel at Lenin's head square to the last stop) A new nice lama temple with a scenic panoramic view of the whole city. The temple should be explored for about an hour.
  • Ivolginsky datsan Buddhist Monastery — 23km from the city. (Take Bus #130 from a bus stop just north of the bus station to Ivolginsk village- 40 minute ride, RUB40. Get off at the last stop and take a marshrutka to the Monastery - 10 minute ride, RUB20). This is the centre of Buddhism in Russia, being with permission from Stalin. Although the Dalai Lama has visited several times, many tourists find the temple to be kitsch.
  • Bolshoi Kunalei is a nearby village where the Old Believers, called "Semeiskiye", live. They will sing songs for visitors and you will be treated to homemade wine.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Lenina St., 51 (At Lenin's head square), +7 (3012) 21 36 00 (), [2]. Beautiful building. Watch performances of Buryat singing and dancing. RUB150-700.  edit
  • Puppet Theatre Ulger, Lenina street 46, +7 3012 213764. 9am -6pm from monday to friday. The name of the “Ulger” theatre is translated as “legend”. The theatre was built in 1967 and caters to kids. Features 40 local plays, including several in the Buryat language. The performers have toured worldwide and have won several international awards.  edit

Learn[edit]

  • Buryatsky State University[3]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Cedar oil (Кедровое масло) and other cedar products are a specialty of this region. Small Buddha statues are a common souvenir and are said to bring good luck.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Try local buryat cuisine. Mainly it's small meat dumplings called "buuza", steamed "Pozi", fried "Sharbin", or "Khushuur". Soups include meat broth "Bukhlyor" and noodles "Shuleen".

  • Appetite Lenin's head looks at it. Quite cheap, tray style, russian food, free wifi.
  • Shene Buuza Opposite Natural history Museum just a few meters down the Triumph arch.
  • Modern nomads Ranzhurova st., 1 (at intersection with Yerbanova st.); mongolian cuisine, meals for 300-400 RUB, drinks from 30 RUB. Nice interior but hot in summer.
  • "Baatar orgoo" YURT GER cafe, Verhnaya Beryozovka, Dokuchaeva str.11. Only minibus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "KAFE YURTA". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive. Only traditional food and very nice atmosphere. 500-700 r/meal
  • "Buuza" cafe/bar, Communist str. 41a; on tram tracks, near hotel Siberia, 3 mins from Lenin's head
  • "Tenghis" restaurant , Yerbanova str. 12; Inside Baikal Plaza hotel
  • Marusia Lenina st., 46; russian cuisine
  • Ulger Restaurant & Cafe, Kirova str., 8, +7 2012 21-21-09. A restaurant with traditional Russian and Buryatian food. A nice terrace outside.. 7$ for full dinner;.  edit
  • Zolotoy Drakon, Lenina St., 46, +7 2012 21-80-66. 11.00 to 22.00. Chinese restraunt 5-10$;.  edit
  • Churchill pub&grill, Lenina St.. On Lenin street opposite the Lenin's head. A restaurant in european style, with various meats prepared mostly on a grill. Price around 300-500 RUB. Probably one of the nicest/most expensive restaurants in town with staff speaking English. 10-20$;.  edit
  • Darwin pub, Prospekt 50 let Oktyabria, 13, 44-22-15, [4]. British pub in downtown. European food, huge amount of draft beer from all around the world. 10-20$;.  edit

Supermarkets[edit]

Food can be bought in shops; look for the signs with "магазин" ("Magazine", literally: store).

  • Sputnik, ul. Kommunisticheskaya 48 (at the intersection of Yerbanova and Kommunisticheskaya, near Baikal Plaza hotel). 24 hours per day. Good selection of prepared foods, including vegetarian options.  edit
  • Titan Supermarket
  • Slavyanskiy bazar on Smolina street near intersection with Sovyetskaya street.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The local Baikalpharm brand of vodka is very popular and a bottle makes a great souvenir.

Bars[edit]

  • Churchill pub. So far the best pub in the center of UU. Lenin looks at it, that simple ;)
  • Irish Pub. At the end of Lenin street.
  • Harat's Pub. At the South Bus terminal

Cafes[edit]

  • Marco Polo Kommunisticheskaya st., 46; coffee house, breakfast, salads
  • Safari Erbanova st., 20; coffee house
  • Shokolad Karl-Marks blvrd, 11; top recommended coffee house. It's located just opposite the new russian drama theater which is about 15 minutes on tram. Nice location, nice coffee

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most hotels and hostels offer free WiFi and many have computer terminals. Almost all accept credit cards. Hotels and hostels will usually provide a visa invitation and registration for an additional fee.

Budget[edit]

  • Dostoevsky Hostel, Borsoeva st., 33 (In the city centre; 10 minute walk from the train station), +7 (983) 531-75-29 (), [5]. Nice hostel. 6-bed dorm: RUB450; 4-bed dorm: RUB600; Double: RUB1,200.  edit
  • Ulan Ude Travellers House AKA UUhostel, Lenin str, #63; Apartment 18 (In the city centre; at the Lenin Head Statue; look for a 4-floor yellow building with a big sign 'S7 airlines' on the top. Right entrance, a black door right to S7 airlines office. Press 18 and B on terminal and wait for the door to open), +7 902 455-22-22 (), [6]. Friendly staff that can help you book onward travel. RUB500-650.  edit
  • Hostel House, 8(9025) 620-888, 8 (301) 262-08-88. HostelHouse@mail.ru, [7]. улица Смолина, д. 54, лит. А, Ulan-Ude, RU. Address: Smolina str 54a, 3rd/last floor. 600 RUB, more in summer. About 10 minute walk to the city center (Lenin Head), close to cheap eateries.
  • Point Hostel, +7 (3012) 211253, sms +7-9140-588-558. centerpointhostel@gmail.com, [8]. Address: (Y)Erbanova str. 1-22. 6bed, 4bed and double bed dorm, for 500-600-700 RUB. 15 minutes walk from the train station, 5 minutes from the bus station / Soviet square. Entrance is from the back of the house. Free WiFi and tea/coffee in a kitchen.

Mid range[edit]

  • Hotel Baikal Plaza (Байкал Плаза), Erbanova ul., 12 (Near the Lenin head statue), +7 301 221-08-38 (), [9]. Refurbished, but no elevator and rooms on the 4th floor are RUB200 cheaper. Single: From RUB3,500; Double: From RUB3,800.  edit
  • Hotel Buryatia (Kommunisticheskaya ul., 47a), (Near the train station and the Lenin head statue), +7 8 (3012) 214-888 (), [10]. checkin: Noon; checkout: Noon. 14 floors. Single: From RUB2,100; Twin: From RUB2,500; Double: From RUB4,000.  edit
  • Hotel Geser (Гэсэр, гостинично-туристский комплекс), ul. Ranzhurova, 11 (Near the train station and the Lenin head statue), +7 301 221-61-51 (), [11]. Red brick hotel surrounded by a garden. Staff speaks English well. Single: From RUB3,300; Twin: From RUB4,300; Double: From RUB4,800.  edit
  • Hotel Odon (Гостиничный Комплекс Одон), Gagarin str., 43 (Near the train station), +7 301 244-34-80, [12]. Popular with Chinese businessman; rooms and hygiene standards reflect the low price. Staff is nice and cooperative. 75 rooms. The cheapest rooms do not have access to a shower. Single: RUB950-1,650; Double: RUB1,350-4,200.  edit

Splurge[edit]

Stay Safe[edit]

Stay healthy[edit]

  • Medical Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, 6 Sakhyanovoi Street, +7 8 (3012) 433 551 (), [13]. 8:30AM-6:00PM. A good place to receive treatment for both acute and chronic ailments using traditional Tibetan herbal compounds.  edit

Contact[edit]

Phone[edit]

The international code for Russia is +7; the code for Ulan Ude is 301.

For information on purchasing a SIM card in Russia, see Russia#Contact.

Note that SIM cards purchased elsewhere, such as in Moscow or Saint Petersburg, may be subject to roaming charges.

Internet[edit]

Free WiFi is available in most hotels, shopping malls, university buildings, cinemas, restaurants and cafes, and some public areas and parks. There are also plenty of WiFi hotspots for which you must pay. There are internet cafes in the city centre. You can also buy a mobile GPRS card to enable data transfer via the cellular networks. For more information, see Russia#Contact.

Cope[edit]

Consulates[edit]

  • Mg-flag.png Mongolia, Profsoyuznaya street, 6, +7 (3012) 21-52-75 (fax: +7 (3012) 21-41-88).  edit

Get out[edit]

In addition to continuing on to cities on Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Mongolian Railway, it is worth making a diversion to Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest lake in the world and, by volume of water, also the largest freshwater body of water. It contains 20% of the world's liquid fresh water and is 2km deep. The lake can be reached by bus.


Routes through Ulan Ude
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