Published: July 18th 2012July 16th 2012
Yes it's raining here too !
The pavement 'river' near our hotel on evening one
Ulan Ude was a haven of peace and tranquilty,maybe not surprising with it's close proximity to Mongolia and it's mainly Buddhist population.
We were met at the station by a very enthusiastic,English speaking guide and a driver-not something we were accustomed to.We were staying at a large hotel very close to the main city square which has the worlds largest Lenins head - weighing 42 tonnes and standing just over 25 feet high - in it.The square is still used for military parades.
We ventured out after checking in and witnessing a huge thunderstorm.The area had not had much rain recently so the violent storm was much needed but the parched ground did not drain very well so the pavements and roads quickly became rivers.
There are more photos below