The moon over Baikal glittered in different way, like you are looking at sable fur'
Novosibirsk is Russia's third city after Moscow and St Petersburg, and the largest in Siberia with a population of 1.47 million. An educational, scientific, cultural and entertainment centre, it also has significant industry.
Hotel choice and standards in Novosibirsk are dramatically improving for business and budget travellers alike. The Doubletree by Hilton, opened in 2011, a pioneering new-build Western chain hotel in Siberia, offers all you would expect, with fabulous top floor gym, pool, and sauna facilities.
Hugely improved is the Azimut Hotel Sibir and the River Park Hotel, close to a remarkable winter ice park. If you prefer the more intimate atmosphere of a boutique hotel, try either the Garden Apple Hotel or the Boutique Hotel Nord Castle.
Whether you're here for work, or a quick respite from crossing Siberia by train, Novosibirsk has a wide selection of places to stay, eat, drink and relax.
And take part in scientific experiment to PROVE that the leaking of harmful greenhouse gases in the Arctic can be slowed.