Moscow to Beijing
The Trans Siberia Railway is one of the greatest rail journeys one can make, and the subject has filled
many books. The 'true' Trans Siberia runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, but there are two other routes one
can follow to get across Siberia. One is the Trans Manchurian Railway, which runs from Moscow to Beijing
through Manchuria, and the other one is the Trans Mongolia Railway. This line leaves the Trans Siberia at
Ulan Ude, and heads south through Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi to Beijing. We took the train from Beijing to
Ulaanbaatar last December, and in April we embarked in Ulaanbaatar, and headed for Eindhoven
(Netherlands). This 7-day trip comes highly recommended.
On this page I show a few pictures of the Trans-Mongolian to whet your appetite for this great journey.
Once you have caught the bug and want to hop on the next train, you can refer to one of the many books
on the Trans Siberia and and Trans Mongolia Railways which describe the practicalities of the journey in
detail. The best of these books is theTrans-Siberian Handbook, by Bryn Thomas, Trailblazer Publications.
Be sure to also check out the Silk Route by Rail, by Dominic Stratfield-Jones, Trailblazer Publications as
well. It describes the route from Beijing to Moscow via Urumqui and Almaty. These two train trips would
make the ultimate round trip through central Asia.
Herbert Groot Jebbink's