Trans-Manchurian Route Description

Below is a list of the major stops along the Trans Manchurian railroad running between Moscow and Beijing across Manchuria. Let us help you plan your great Trans-Manchurian adventure!

Chita

Chita

This is a large industrial city and the center of the Chita region with a population of about 370 thousand. It was founded in 1651 as a far Eastern Cossack fortification. Chita is also famous for being one of the cities to which the Decembrists were sent to live in exile. The train stop is 25 minutes.

Karymskaya

Karymskaya

The city was founded in 1935 along the banks of the river Ingoda. The city is on both the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Manchurian lines (through Tarskaya). The stop is 25 minutes.

Olovyanaya

Olovyanaya

Here the train crosses the river Onon and passengers can make good pictures of the river and surrounding steppe. The stop is 10 minutes.

Borzya

Borzya

Borzya was founded in the XVII century. In 1899, it is became a popular trade and transport center. Nowadays it is still an important spot for traders. The stop is 19 minutes.

Zabaikalsk

Zabaikalsk

The town is quite close to the Chinese border. Here, the wheels of the train are changed to fit the different gauge Russian or Chinese tracks. The process takes from two to six hours. During this time, you may want to take a walk but if you do, remember to bring warm clothes. In Soviet times, taking pictures at this station was strictly forbidden but now it is usually allowed just don’t try to take pictures of guards or military objects.

Manzhouli (Manchurian train station – Chinese side of the border)

Manzhouli (Manchurian train station – Chinese side of the border)

Be prepared to go through customs and passport control when entering or leaving China. If you are just arriving to Russia from China you will need to fill in a health declaration. The stop is 26 minutes.

Hailar

Hailar

Along the way to Hailar, you can admire the endless steppes and mountains on the route. The stop is 6 minutes.

Boketu

Boketu

Boketu is located in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China. The population of the region is 23 million people (79% of Chinese, 17% Mongolian and 4% others). The stop is 8 minutes.

Harbin

Harbin

Harbin is one of the major cities of China and Northeast Asia. It lies on the southern bank of the Songhua River. Harbin is an industrial city but still has charming architecture. It could be called an oriental St. Petersburg because of the great Russian influence which dates back to the time of the construction of the railroad. The stop is 15 minutes.

Shen’yan

Shen’yan

Capital of the Liaoning province with a population of 7.2 million, Shen’yan is famous for the Mukden Palace - a former imperial palace of the Qing emperors which is now a museum protected by UNESCO. The stop is 15 minutes.

Beijing

Beijing

Either the end of your journey or just the beginning of your travels.

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