Chita was established in the mid-17th century and has become the industrial and cultural center of the region, with a population of approximately 350,000 people. The city is known for being one of the places where the Decembrists were exiled after their revolt in 1825. The train will stop for 25 minutes at Chita Station.
To help you plan your journey on the Trans-Manchurian Railway, we’ve prepared a guide of the major stops along the route which travels from Moscow to Beijing. Book your adventure with us today!
Trans-Manchurain Railroad Map
On the bank of the River Ingoda lies the village of Karymskoye, founded in 1761. This settlement takes its name from the word Karym (a baptised Buryat) as only Buryats who converted to Orthodoxy were allowed to live here. The train stops here for 25 minutes. After departing from Karymskoye, the Trans-Manchurian diverges from the main Trans-Siberian Railway.
This section of the journey offers the opportunity to admire the beauty of Russia’s Far Eastern nature, such as the River Onon and the steppe. At Olovyannaya the train will stop for 10 minutes.
This town was founded in the 17th century, and by the turn of the 20th century it had become a major hub for trade and transport – which it remains to this day. Here, the train stops for 19 minutes.
Zaibaikalsk is the final stop on the Russian section of the Trans-Manchurian Railway, and passengers must wait between two and six hours whilst the train’s wheels are swapped for Chinese gauge wheels. While waiting you can take a walk around the small town, although there is little to see or do. It is permitted to take photographs at Zabaikalsk Station, but photographing guards or military objects can result in your camera being confiscated.
When arriving to Manzhouli Station just across the Chinese border, passengers must proceed through passport control and customs with their luggage. If you are travelling in the opposite direction into Russia, then you must complete a health declaration form. The train stops here for 26 minutes.
While travelling to Hailar, you can marvel at the vast steppes and towering mountains from the comfort of the train. The train stops here for 6 minutes.
Boketu is a town in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China with a population of approximately 23 million, nearly 20% of whom are ethnic Mongolians. The trains stops for 8 minutes.
Harbin is one of north-eastern China’s most important cities, situated on the bank of the mighty Songhua River. The city boasts several significant attractions and the local culture is a fascinating mix of Han, Manchu, and Russian influences – Harbin is even compared to St Petersburg as many Russian architects worked here during the construction of the Trans-Manchurian Railway. The train stops in Harbin for 15 minutes, but the city is certainly worth a longer visit!
Shenyang is the capital city of the Liaoning Province, and the economic, cultural and business center of China’s northeast. In the local language Shenyang is known as ‘Mukden’. The city is famous for its UNESCO-recognised Imperial tombs and the Mukden Palace, the former residence of the Qing emperors. The stop lasts for 15 minutes.
Beijing marks either the beginning or the end of your adventure! Either way, it is the perfect time to explore the capital of China and its millennia of cultural and historical attractions such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China.