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Sainshand

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Sainshand is the capital of Dornogovi province.

Understand[edit]

This small city in the Govi is planned to become a major industrial site with mineral processing and a hub between the Tran-Mongolian railway and a new east-west cross-Govi railway connecting major mines with eastern Siberia.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) -11.8 -6.7 3.0 14.1 22.5 27.5 29.4 27.5 20.8 12.0 -0.6 -9.8
Nightly lows (°C) -22.8 -19.5 -10.9 -1.1 7.2 13.6 16.8 15.0 7.5 -1.4 -12.3 -20.4
Precipitation (mm) 0.5 1.1 1.5 3.1 8.1 16.1 31.0 30.9 10.9 4.6 2.1 1.4

NOAA (1961-1990)

Get in[edit]

As it is a station on the main train-line of the Trans-Mongolian line of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing via the Zamiin-Uud/Erlian border crossing to Ulaanbaatar, there is little public transport otherwise. A paved road was completed in 2013 connecting Sainshand and Zamiin-Uud to Ulaanbaatar via Choir. No word yet if there will be any buses between the cities.

By train[edit]

Sainshand Railway Station

There are several trains that stop in Sainshand going either south to Zamiin-Uud and on to China or north from China to Ulaanbaatar. There are 2 daily trains from UB, plus express trains on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with fewer stops. There are also 1 daily train and an express train on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from Zamiin-Uud. Local trains stop at every town and city along the way and can have over 20 stops between Zamiin-Uud and Ulaanbaatar.

Train Number Route Arrives Departs Days
44 Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand - Zamiin-Uud 03:57 04:25 Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
43 Zamiin-Uud - Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 01:10 01:50 Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
286 Ulaanbaatar -Sainshand - Zamiin-Uud 20:00 20:40 Everyday
285 Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 21:00 Everyday except Monday
286 Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand 22:50 Friday express schedule
285 Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 00:30 Friday express schedule
276 Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand - Zamiin-Uud 1:38 2:08 Everyday express train
275 Zamiin-Uud - Sainshand - Ulaanbaatar 22:50 23:30 Everyday express train

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You can visit the Hamriin Hiid Monastery about 50 km south of the town (about 40,000 ₮ per car). It's a less than 1h drive thru the desert. The monastery itself is not much more than a collection of stupas, but it's in a beautiful desert location and it's an important place for Tibetan Buddhists and locals come here to aborb "Enerji".

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The hotel (Twin room T12.000) near the train station is really quite bad. No shower, I got electric shocks using the water tap, and our room got flooded. Better to go into the city.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Sainshand
IrkutskUlaanbaatar ← Choir ←  N Trans-Siberian Railway icon.png S  Zamiin-UudBeijing



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