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Trans-Mongolian : A Long Train Journey

This footage is from Factoria's journey on the Trans-Mongolian Railroad & Trans-Siberian Railroad. They traveled from Beijing (China) to Ulaanbataar (Mongolia capital) then to Irkusk (Siberia ,Russia) and ending in Moscow (Russia). About 7500 Km ride.
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Adding this incredible part of the world to my bucket list for sure, so beautiful and magical!
Must visit; traveling along this path seems unforgettable!
This looks like a great experience. I've never been near that part of the world, but it looks stunning!
I've always read books about these routes but I've never actually seen footage from the rails!
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