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Zabaykalsky Krai

Zabaykalsky Krai is famous for its unique nature and mineral springs, of which only the Caucasus Region has more. The inimitable view of snowy mountain tops, the beauty of the taiga and the abundance of clear mountain rivers all create a wonderful natural environment that will amaze visitors who come here for the first time. The skies are nearly always clear: only Sochi has more sunny days per year than Chita.

Zabaykalsky Krai. The Peaks Of The Kodar
Zabaykalsky Krai. The Peaks Of The Kodar
Zabaykalsky Krai. The Peaks Of The Kodar
Zabaykalsky Krai. Aginskiy datsan
Павел Пелевин
Zabaykalsky Krai. Aginskiy datsan
Павел Пелевин
Zabaykalsky Krai. Aginskiy datsan
Zabaykalsky Krai. The national Park "Alkhanay"
Zabaykalsky Krai. Chapel Of Alexander Nevsky
Zabaykalsky Krai. The Daursky Reserve
Zabaykalsky Krai. The Daursky Reserve
Zabaykalsky Krai. Dauria
Zabaykalsky Krai. Llama town
Zabaykalsky Krai. The Museum "the Church of Decembrists"
Zabaykalsky Krai. The Museum "the Church of Decembrists"
Zabaykalsky Krai. Rock Pinstripes
Zabaykalsky Krai. Ostrich farm

Visitors come to Zabaykalsky Krai to enjoy its natural beauty, to see the unique Chara Sands surrounded by the leafy taiga and to relax in health resorts with Baikal's mineral waters that can cure many illnesses.

You can walk along ancient streets and visit museums and theaters in Chita, the administrative center of Zabaykalsky Krai. The Chapel of Alexander Nevsky built on Titovsky Sopka provides a panoramic view of the whole city.

The Decembrists' Church Museum that opened in 1985 in the wooden building of the Old-Chita Michael the Archangel church is, probably, one of the city's main attractions. The Decembrists Ivan Annenkov and Pauline Gueble, Dimitri Zavalishin and Appolinaria Smolyaninova were married in this church. There are more than 870 exhibits. The museum collection includes: books that belonged to the Decembrists, works published during their lifetime, original relics (for example, Nikolay Bestuzhev's watch and Maria Volkonskaya's jewel-box), items from everyday life and exile, works of fine arts (originals and copies of works by Bestuzhev, Repin, and many others). The museum holds Decembrist evenings and publishes catalogs and booklets.

Chita hosts numerous festivals every year that attract visitors. One of the most popular festivals for Chita residents and visitors is the fascinating Semeyskaya Krugovaya Festival celebrating the culture of the Semeyskie Old Believers.

Lamsky Gorodok and Polosatik Rock in Sokhondo and Daursky nature reserves will be of great interest to nature lovers. Lamsky Gorodok is famous for its numerous rocky ridges and hills, surrounded by Siberian dwarf pine reaching 30–50 meters high. The fantastical shapes of the stone statues remind one of palaces, columns, walls, and animals.

In the north east of Transbaykal you can find monuments of Buryat national culture—Aginsky datsan and Tsugolsky datsan. Visitors can rest their soul and body in Alkhanay National Park. This is the only place in Russia where unique natural monuments and sacred Buddhist sites live in harmony. Alkhanay is considered to be one the most revered natural Buddhist holy sites in the world.

Zabaykalsky Krai is home to a unique Environmental farm—Ostriches of Transbaykal—where ostriches, African chickens, guineafowl, ducks, and cattle are bred. This is the only such enterprise that can be found between Irkutsk and Vladivostok. The farm hosts tours for visitors.

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