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Trans-Siberian Handbook.

La Guía del Transiberiano..
Idioma: INGLÉS.
8th edition of the guide to the world's longest railway journey.
Autor: Bryn Thomas.
ISBN 978-1-905864-36-2.
8ª edición.
512 páginas, 76 mapas.
30 fotos a color, 10 fotos blanco y negro.
120 mm x 180 mm.




The definitive guide to the World's Greatest Rail Journey

8th edition – now also includes Siberian BAM railway route.

  • The World's Greatest Rail Journey
    A trip across Siberia on the longest continuous railway track in the world is undoubtedly the journey of a lifetime. It's also a convenient way to reach China, Mongolia or Japan. Tickets are not expensive or difficult to arrange.
  • Siberia: now wide open to visitors – for the first time in Russia's history you can now travel almost anywhere you want in Siberia: we tell you how to arrange a trip, where to buy tickets and where to go.
  • Kilometre-by-kilometre route guide – A major feature of the book is the detailed km-by-km route guide.  All points of interest are included along the way. With 40 rail maps in English, Russian and Chinese: see where you are as you travel.
  • Siberia and the railway – the detailed history of Siberia, the construction and running of the railway today are of great interest not only to visitors but also to armchair travellers.
  • City guides with maps – the best sights, places to stay and restaurants for all budgets: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ulan Bator, Harbin, Beijing and 25 towns in Siberia; nutshell information on Minsk, Berlin, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Helsinki, Hong Kong & Tokyo
  • 8th edition includes 76 maps
  • PlusRussian, Mongolian and Chinese phrases, rail fares and timetables
  • All routes retravelled for 8th edition
Changes to the 8th edition:
  • Maps are now bilingual; we provide hotel names and addresses and restaurant names in Russian and Chinese as well as English
  • New section on the Siberian BAM and a new BAM route guide
  • More practical information for readers interested in independent travel, such as how to get to the railway from different countries
  • Phrase lists have been amended/expanded
  • New colour photographs


  • INTRODUCTION


    PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP
     Routes and costs
     Route options 11 – Costs 11 – Breaking your journey 15
     When to go
     Climate 15 – Public holidays and festivals 16
     Bookings and visas
     Organised tours or individual itineraries? 18 – Route planning 19
     Visas 22 – Making a booking: in Britain 27, in continental Europe 29,
     in North America 32, in Australasia 33, in South Africa 34, in Japan 35,
     in China 35
     What to take
     Clothes 37 – Luggage 38 – General items 38 – Money 41
     Background reading 42
     Health precautions and inoculations
     Inoculations 45 – Medical services 46


    PART 2: RUSSIA
     Facts about the country
     Geographical background 47 – Historical outline 48 – Economy 55
     The people 57 – Government 57 – Education and Social Welfare 58
     Religion 58
     Practical information for the visitor
     Essential documents 60 – Crossing the border 60 – Where to stay 61
     Tours 64 – Local transport 64 – Electricity 65 – Time 66 – Money 66
     Post and telecommunications 67 – Magazines and newspapers 69
     Toilets 69 – Food and drink 69 – Russian customs and etiquette 73
     Where to eat 74 – Entertainment 75 – Shopping 76 – Crime and
     annoyances 78


    PART 3: SIBERIA AND THE RAILWAY
     Historical outline
     Early history 80 – The 19th century 83 – The Exile System 84
     Early travellers
     Victorian adventurers 89 – The Great Siberian Post Road 89 – SS Hill’s
     Travels in Siberia 94 – Jefferson’s Bicycle Jaunts 94

    Building the railway
     Plans for a Trans-Siberian railway 95 – The decision to build 96
     Railway construction (Phase One 97, Phase Two 100) – The first rail
     travellers 101 – The railway in the 20th century 106 – Steam locomotives
     in Siberia 107 – Other railway lines linked to the Trans-Siberian 108
     Riding the Trans-Siberian today
     The train 111 – Life on the train 117 – Buying a train ticket in Russia 120
     Buying a train ticket in China 124


    PART 4: CITY GUIDES AND PLANS
     St Petersburg  History 130 – What to see and do 138 – Excursions from
     St Petersburg 147 – Practical information (Arriving in St Petersburg 148,
     Local transport 150, Orientation and services 150, Where to stay 152,
     Where to eat and drink 154, Bars and nightlife 155, Cultural life 157,
     Shopping 157, Moving on 157)
     Moscow  History 160 – What to see and do 162 – Practical information
     (Arriving in Moscow 182, Local transport 183, Orientation and services 183
     Where to stay 186, Where to eat 189, Bars and nightlife 191,
     Cultural life 191, What to buy 192, Moving on 192)
     Sergiev Posad  History 195 – What to see and do 198
     Practical information 199
     Rostov-Yaroslavski  What to see and do 200 – Practical information 204
     Yaroslavl  What to see and do 205 – Practical information 210
     Vladimir  History 212 – What to see and do 212 – Orientation and
     services 214 – Where to stay and eat 214 – Excursions from Vladimir 216
     Suzdal  History 217 – What to see and do 217 – Practical information 219
     Nizhny Novgorod  What to see and do 223 – Practical information 226
     Excursions from Nizhny Novgorod 227
     Perm  What to see and do 228 – Practical information 230
     Excursions from Perm 231
     Yekaterinburg  History 232 – What to see and do 234 – Orientation and
     services 238 – Local transport 238 – Where to stay 239 – Where to eat 239
     Bars and nightlife 240 – Shopping 240 – Moving on 240
     Excursions from Yekaterinburg 241
     Tyumen  What to see and do 242 – Practical information 242
     Tobolsk  What to see and do 245 – Practical information 246
     Omsk  What to see and do 249 – Practical information 252
    Novosibirsk  History 253 – What to see and do 254 – Orientation and
     services 256 – Where to stay 258 – Where to eat and drink 258
     Entertainment 259 – Moving on 259 – Excursions from Novosibirsk 260
     (Akademgorodok 260)
     Tomsk  What to see and do 261 – Practical information 262
     Krasnoyarsk  What to see and do 266 – Orientation and services 267
     Where to stay 267 – Where to eat 270 – Bars and nightlife 270 – Moving
     on 271 – Excursions around Krasnoyarsk 271
     Irkutsk  History 272 – What to see and do 275 – Orientation and
     services 277 – Local transport 280 – Where to stay 280 – Where to eat 281
     Bars and nightlife 281 – Moving on 282
     Lake Baikal  Lake Baikal 283 – Around Baikal 286 – Listvyanka 286
     Port Baikal 290 – Bolshie Koty 291 – Hikes around Lake Baikal 291
     Olkhon Island 292
     Ulan-Ude  History 294 – What to see and do 295 – Orientation and
     services 296 – Local transport 297 – Where to stay 297 – Where to eat 298
     Moving on 299 – Excursion to Ivolginsky Datsan 300
     Chita  What to see and do 303 – Practical information 304
     Birobidzhan  What to see and do 306 – Practical information 307
     Khabarovsk  History 308 – What to see and do 309 – Orientation and
     services 310 – Where to stay 311 – Where to eat 314 – Moving on 314
     Vladivostok  History 316 – What to see and do 318 – Orientation and
     services 320 – Local transport 321 – Where to stay 321 – Where to eat 324
     Bars and entertainment 324 – Moving on 325
     Ulaanbaatar  History 327 – What to see and do 328 – Naadam Festival 332
     Orientation and services 332 – Local transport 338 – Where to stay 339
     Where to eat 340 – Nightlife 343 – Moving on 344
     Excursions from Ulaanbaatar 345
     Harbin  What to see and do 350 – Practical information 352
     Beijing  History 356 – What to see and do 357 – Arriving in Beijing 363
     Local transport 363 – Orientation and services 363 – Where to stay 370
     Where to eat 373 – Nightlife 375 – Where to shop 376 – Moving on 377
     The Great Wall of China 378
     The Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM) region
     Bratsk  What to see and do 380 – Practical information 380
     Severobaikalsk  What to see and do 381 – Orientation and services 382
     Where to stay and eat 382 – Moving on 383 – Around Severobaikalsk 383
     Yakutsk What to see and do 385 – Practical information 386 – Excursions
     on the Lena River 387
    Tynda  What to see and do 387 – Practical information 388
     Moving on 389
     Komsomolsk-na-Amure  What to see and do 389
     Where to stay and eat 390 – Moving on 390
     Vanino & Sovetskaya Gavan  What to see and do 391
     Where to stay and eat 392 – Moving on 392


    PART 5: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS
     Using this guide 393
     Trans-Siberian route 395
     Moscow–Vladimir–Nizhny Novgorod–Perm–Yekaterinburg–
     Tyumen–Omsk–Novosibirsk–Krasnoyarsk–Irkutsk–Ulan-Ude–Chita
     Bureya–Birobidzhan–Khabarovsk–Vladivostok
     Trans-Mongolian route 451
     Ulan-Ude–Naushki–Sühbaatar–Darhan–Ulaanbaatar–Erlian–Datong–
     Beijing
     Trans-Manchurian route 460
     Chita–Zabaikalsk–Manzhouli–Angangxi–Harbin–Changchun
     Shanhaiguan–Tianjin–Beijing
     The Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM) 467
     Bratsk–Severobaikalsk–Tynda–Komsomolsk-na-Amure–Vanino &
     Sovetskaya Gavan


    APPENDICES
     A. Alternative route via Yaroslavl 474
     B. Timetables 476
     C. List of Siberian fauna 484
     D. Bibliography 486
     E. Phrase lists (Russian 487 – Mongolian 492 – Chinese 493
    INDEX 497