Trans-Siberian - From Moscow to Beijing

A journey across the width of Russia, the plains of Mongolia and the valleys of China.

  • Leave in silence

    It's cold and dark and we are about to embark on the longest train journey in the world going from Moscow to Beijing. Yaroslavsky is one of nine railway stations in Moscow and the starting point of the Trans-Siberian.

    Yaroslavsky station, Moscow

  • Directions

    It's a good thing that the train is labelled, in case we forget where we are going.

    Our train, somewhere in Russia

  • Looking for breakfast

    Balezino, Russia

  • Na zdorovie

    Sharing meals - the Russian way.

    Somewhere in Russia

  • From Russia with love

    Each train wagon has a provodnitsa which are caretakers, managers and executioners at the same time. Don't make them angry or they will turn the heat off.

    Kirov, Russia

  • We brake for nobody

    Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, holding 20 percent of the world's total fresh water. It's also the oldest lake in the world, more than 25 million years old.

    Sunrise at Lake Baikal, Russia

  • Thumbs up

    Heading south and it's finally getting a bit warmer.

    Somewhere in southern Siberia

  • Across the plains

    As the train starts to go south towards Mongolia the forests are replaced by low grass.

    Somewhere in Russia

  • Daily routine

    Making noodles for supper at the samovar. A touch of glamour.

    Somewhere in Russia

  • Stocking up

    The train needs a lot of coal, which came with a fog.

    Ulan-Ude, Russia

  • Taking the helm

    This town has a statue of the first Mongolian cosmonaut standing in the square. It was also once home to the largest Soviet military air base in Mongolia, but today it's mostly a ghost town.

    Choir, Mongolia

  • City on the edge of forever

    People actually live out here in the outskirts of the Gobi desert.

    Sainshand, Mongolia

  • Crossing the desert

    A good time for dessert.

    Gobi desert, Mongolia

  • Through the wall

    As we crossed northern China the Great Wall could be seen here and there along the mountains.

    South of Zhangjiakou, China