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Lake Baikal

Russia
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater lake measures one mile in depth, contains more flora and fauna than any other... more » Owner description: Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater lake measures one mile in depth, contains more flora and fauna than any other lake in the world, including the only existing fresh water seals, and is surrounded by high mountains, wildflower meadows and rich green forests. « less
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Shenzhen, China
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241 reviews 241 reviews
110 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This lake, although popular, is not a carnival-like atmosphere. The lake water is clear and clean. It is quiet and lovely with plenty of walking and sitting areas around the lake. There are also a number of restaurants which have lake views. Also available are train journeys and a choice of sea excursions to better enjoy the lake.

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Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lake Baikal in Listvyanka was vast, clear and hard to believe it holds 40per cent of fresh water in the world. We found the Lake area very picturesque and although it was a very quite place 1 hr drive from main town of Irkutsk we managed to walk around the town where the Lake Baikal museum , markets , retro... More

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I started my endless travel to discover the world from 2011 and Lake Baikal is the first place that I really wanted to come back again and I will. I want to say all words meaning "Incredible" that can express my feeling after I visited Lake Baikal. I would suggest to all to do Circum-Baikal train trip which starts from... More

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Venus Bay
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Stunning, stunning! The snow capped mountains behind the still water, wild flowers blooming, and crisp clean air. Make sure you try some of the hot smoked lake fish, and hunt around for whatever caviar you can find.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

If you are in Siberian region either during a trans-siberian journey or just visiting then Lake Baikal is a must stop. This lake has so much to offer. Unfortunately, I only had a day and I spent it by going to the Listvyanka village and admiring the lake from there. There is a chair lift which can take you to... More

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Blackheath, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We first visited Siberia as part of the Trans Siberian Railway journey in September 2012 and enjoyed it so much that we returned in February 2014 to experience the region in winter. Both times we received excellent service from Leonid of Baikal Explorer (http://www.baikalex.com). On the first trip, Leonid organised tickets for the Circumbaikal Railway excursion for us (considerably cheaper... More

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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Lake Baikkal is a very special place and to see it in the middle of Siberian winter (- 40 degrees) was a unique experience. Of course it was partly frozen and a little isolated, maybe that is more appealing than when it's crowded. We spent nearly 2 hours in the limnology museum and the time was well spent. It is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

It's huge, with area it's a little bigger than Belgium and just slightly smaller than Holland, I stayed at Legend of Baikal Hotel in Listvyanka and pent a day to exported the lake, I did enjoy it and do recommend to everyone who stopover in Irkutsk with their Trans Siberian Railway trip.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

When I thought of visiting Siberia some of the things furthest from my mind included dense forests, a beautiful lake with people sunbaking on it's shores and flea markets but strangely I found all of this and more at Lake Baikal in Siberia. I loved this location, but I must stress I visited in Summer. The scenery is amazing and... More

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Thetis Island BC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

The water in Lake Baikal must be seen to be believed. It is so good to know the pulp mill has finally been shut down and this treasure will continue for future generations. Take the ferry to Port Baikal so you can see the water from another perspective

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