China’s New Silk Road is a decades-long project linking Asia to Europe, but meanwhile Chinese with money to spend are flocking to Russia, even in winter, and even where it’s coldest. Lake Baikal and Lenin’s home are favorites and the Chinese are quick to pick up the language and praise their welcome.
But it’s not only the Chinese: Germans visit the Siege of Leningrad Museum in St.Petersburg, and go trekking in the Urals, part of the Russian industrial heartland. Japanese savor raw fish at Irkutsk markets, and the French love shopping for the famous Russian shapka.
See for yourself on this video.