BURYATIA, ULAN-UDE

The Republic of Buryatia is located in the southern part of Eastern Siberia, along the eastern shore of Baikal Lake. The republic is widely known as “Sunny Buryatia” since it has a great amount of sunny days – nearly 300 days of sunshine.

Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, was founded in 1666. Due to its location on trade routes between Russia, China and Mongolia it developed into a prosperous trading town. Today the city is still an important commercial and industrial center of Eastern Siberia.

Ulan-Ude has a special atmosphere that differs from any other Russian city as well as its own ethnic holidays, festivals, sports, folklore and style of life. Here you can visit Buddhist temples and Orthodox churches, the Old Believers villages and many other interesting places.