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Buryatia is a republic in Eastern Siberia, which borders Tuva to the west, Irkutsk to the northwest, Zabaykalsky Krai to the east, and Mongolia to the south. The republic was founded in 1923 with the joining of two territories and it currently has the status of a republic within the Russian Federation.

Ulan Ude is the capital of Buryatia. The town was founded in 1666, and due to its location on trade routes between Russia, China and Mongolia it developed into a prosperous trading town.

Arshan is a small hot spring resort located at the foot of the Sayan Mountains in Buryatia.

Severobaikalsk is small town in located on the shores of Lake Baikal Buryatia, Russia.

Khoyto-Gol is a village in the Okinsky region of Buryatia famous for its thermal waters.

Tunkinsky National Park is located in Buryatia. Established in 1991, this 1,200,000 km² park extends from the south shore of Lake Baikal and includes more than two hundred thermal springs.

Orlik is a small town in Buryatia. Orlik is the small capital of Okinsky region — a remote mountainous area west of Ulan Ude that is famous for its pristine landscape, traditional Buddhist temples and hot springs.

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