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The destination is Beijing.

I will take the trip at the end of November. It is cold then.

I think I will bypass Mongolia because of the visa problem.

So any good place to stop? One choice is Irkutsk. Another one?

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    If you didn't see the passion bearers memorial in Yekaterinburg, it's a must; bordering on a spiritual experience. Also, if you can get in to Krasnoyarsk before it closes, you may be among the last visitors in this century to do so.
    – Gayot Fow
    Aug 16 '15 at 14:51
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    @GayotFow: In what sense is Krasnoyarsk going to close? I didn't find any information about this. Aug 16 '15 at 15:31
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    @NateEldredge, it means flat-out closed, It becomes a non-place. Disappears. Nobody gets in without a clearance, not even Russians. You can read the Wiki entry for Seversk (where they make their nuclear weapons) and get an idea.
    – Gayot Fow
    Aug 16 '15 at 15:36
  • @GayotFow: But I didn't find any sources suggesting this is going to happen to the city of Krasnoyarsk, or saying why. Can you point me to any? (Or did you mean the entire krai? Or some other city in the vicinity? It seems there are already other closed cities around there, like Zheleznogorsk, which was formerly code-named "Krasnoyarsk-26" - could this be the root of some confusion?) Aug 16 '15 at 15:42
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    @GayotFow: No, I'm merely curious and a bit skeptical. Aug 16 '15 at 15:54