Wednesday, December 30, 2009


For those of us in the northern hemisphere these photos will get us in a wintry mood, if we are not already snowed in.


Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal is one of the coldest places on earth in winter.


Located 60km south east of Irkutsk, Listvyanka is the most popular spot for viewing Lake Baikal.


To reach Listvyanka from Irkutsk take a taxi (1 hour), bus (90 minutes) or boat (1 hour) down the Angara River.

Activities in Listvyanka include hiking, mountain-biking and horse riding in summer; snow sauna and dog-sledging in winter. Numerous hotels cater for tourists.

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Monday, December 21, 2009


Irkutsk, near the shores of Lake Baikal, 5,185km from Moscow is one of the largest towns in Siberia.

Irkutsk Cathedral

Known as "The Paris of Siberia" the city has many beautiful churches and an historic railway station on the Trans-Siberian Express route.

Image © Daniel Allen

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, the "Pearl of Siberia" is largest by volume freshwater lake in the world with an average depth of 744.4 m (2,442 ft). Lake Baikal holds roughly 20 percent of the world's surface fresh water.

Listvyanka Sunset

Temperatures plunge to well below freezing in winter.

Image © Daniel Allen

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Chilean Wine Tasting In Beijing

WineVineyard Wine Experience Shop is introducing some fine wines from Chile to China recently. We are pleased to invite you to join our free Chilean Wine Tasting event on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2009.
Time & Date: 7pm-9pm, Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2009
Venue: Vineyard Wine Experience Shop, Shop1030, 3/F, Tower 10, Jianwai SOHO, Chaoyang District (Tel:51289169)

Wine List:
- CASAS DEL BOSQUE Gran Reserva Carmenere 2007 ¥458
- CASAS DEL BOSQUE Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ¥318
- CARTA VIEJA G7 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ¥216
- CARTA VIEJA G7 Reserva Carmenere 2007 ¥216
- CARTA VIEJA G7 Reserva Shiraz 2007 ¥216
- CARTA VIEJA DF Merlot 2008 ¥135

Dressing Code: Smart Casual
Fee: FREE, 30% discounts on the tasted wine purchased that day
Registration: Please RSVP to vwe99mail[at]gmail[dot]com or send message to 13681290269 with your name and phone number.

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