Legendary Trans Siberian is the longest continuous rail line on Earth, that runs an epic journey of almost six thousand miles between Moscow and Pacific port of Vladivostok (from where one can take a boat to Japan) and just under 5000 miles between Moscow and Beijing, passing through Yaroslavl on the Volga, Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Irkutsk near scenic Lake Baikal’s southern extremity, then passes over the edge of the Gobi Desert and runs beside the Shilka River to reach Beijing.
Ever since the rail service was established here at the turn of the century, foreign travelers and adventurists have been drawn to experience Trans-Siberian journey. Most of the early travelers crossed Siberia in the comfort of the carriages of the Belgian Wagon Lits company, which were as luxurious as those of Orient Express of today. Things changed sometimes after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and it became increasingly complicated for foreigners to obtain permits for Siberia. In the early 1980s, travel restrictions for foreigners visiting China eased and since then many foreigners have found the Trans-Siberian an interesting and cheap way to get to and from both the Middle Kingdom and Mongolia.
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