Ulan-Ude

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Ulan-Ude (English)
Улан-Удэ (Russian)
Улаан Үдэ (Buryat)
-  City  -
Центр Улан-Удэ.JPG
Ulan-Ude City Center
Ulan-Ude is located in Republic of Buryatia
Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude
Location of Ulan-Ude in the Republic of Buryatia
Coordinates: 51°50′N 107°36′E / 51.833°N 107.600°E / 51.833; 107.600Coordinates: 51°50′N 107°36′E / 51.833°N 107.600°E / 51.833; 107.600
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Flag of Ulan-Ude (Buryatia).png
Coat of Arms
Flag
City DaySeptember's first Saturday[citation needed]
Administrative status (as of May 2010)
CountryRussia
Federal subjectRepublic of Buryatia
Administratively subordinated tocity of republic significance of Ulan-Ude[1]
Capital ofRepublic of Buryatia[citation needed]
Administrative center ofcity of republic significance of Ulan-Ude[1]
Municipal status (as of October 2011)
Urban okrugUlan-Ude Urban Okrug[2]
Administrative center ofUlan-Ude Urban Okrug[2]
Mayor[3]Alexander Golkov[3]
Representative bodyCity Council of Deputies[3]
Statistics
Area347.6 km2 (134.2 sq mi)[citation needed]
Population (2010 Census)404,426 inhabitants[4]
Rank in 201045th
Density1,163 /km2 (3,010 /sq mi)[5]
Time zoneIRKT (UTC+09:00)[6]
Founded1666[citation needed]
City status since1775[citation needed]
Previous namesUdinsk (until 1783),[citation needed]
Verkhneudinsk (until July 27, 1934)[citation needed]
Postal code(s)[7]6700xx
Dialing code(s)+7 3012[citation needed]
Official website
Ulan-Ude on WikiCommons
 
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Ulan-Ude (English)
Улан-Удэ (Russian)
Улаан Үдэ (Buryat)
-  City  -
Центр Улан-Удэ.JPG
Ulan-Ude City Center
Ulan-Ude is located in Republic of Buryatia
Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude
Location of Ulan-Ude in the Republic of Buryatia
Coordinates: 51°50′N 107°36′E / 51.833°N 107.600°E / 51.833; 107.600Coordinates: 51°50′N 107°36′E / 51.833°N 107.600°E / 51.833; 107.600
Gerb u u.jpg
Flag of Ulan-Ude (Buryatia).png
Coat of Arms
Flag
City DaySeptember's first Saturday[citation needed]
Administrative status (as of May 2010)
CountryRussia
Federal subjectRepublic of Buryatia
Administratively subordinated tocity of republic significance of Ulan-Ude[1]
Capital ofRepublic of Buryatia[citation needed]
Administrative center ofcity of republic significance of Ulan-Ude[1]
Municipal status (as of October 2011)
Urban okrugUlan-Ude Urban Okrug[2]
Administrative center ofUlan-Ude Urban Okrug[2]
Mayor[3]Alexander Golkov[3]
Representative bodyCity Council of Deputies[3]
Statistics
Area347.6 km2 (134.2 sq mi)[citation needed]
Population (2010 Census)404,426 inhabitants[4]
Rank in 201045th
Density1,163 /km2 (3,010 /sq mi)[5]
Time zoneIRKT (UTC+09:00)[6]
Founded1666[citation needed]
City status since1775[citation needed]
Previous namesUdinsk (until 1783),[citation needed]
Verkhneudinsk (until July 27, 1934)[citation needed]
Postal code(s)[7]6700xx
Dialing code(s)+7 3012[citation needed]
Official website
Ulan-Ude on WikiCommons

Ulan-Ude (Russian: Улан-Удэ; IPA: [ʊˈlan ʊˈdɛ]; Buryat: Улаан Үдэ, Ulaan Üde) is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. According to the 2010 Census, 404,426 people lived in Ulan-Ude;[4] up from 359,391 recorded in the 2002 Census,[8] making the city the third largest in eastern Siberia by population.

Names[edit]

Ulan-Ude was first called Udinskoye (У́динское) for its location on the Uda River. From around 1735, the settlement was called Udinsk (У́динск) and was granted town status under that name in 1775.[citation needed]

The name was changed to Verkhneudinsk, literally "Upper Udinsk" (Верхнеу́динск), in 1783 to differentiate it from Nizhneudinsk ("Lower Udinsk") lying on a different Uda River near Irkutsk which was granted town status that year.[citation needed] The "upper" and "lower" refer to positions of the two cities relative to each other, not the location of the cities on their respective Uda rivers. Verkhneudinsk lies at the mouth of its Uda, i.e. the lower end, while Nizhneudinsk is along the middle stretch of its Uda.

The current name was given to the city in 1934 and means "red Uda" in Buryat, reflecting the Soviet Union's Communist ideology.

Geography[edit]

Ulan-Ude lies 5,640 kilometers (3,500 mi) east of Moscow and 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Lake Baikal. It is located 600 meters (2,000 ft) above sea level at the foot of the Khamar-Daban and Khrebet Ulan-Burgasy mountain ranges, next to the confluence of the Selenga River and its tributary, the Uda which divides the city into two parts.

Ulan-Ude is one of only eight pairs of cities in the world that has a near-exact antipodal city – with Puerto Natales, Chile as its antipode.

History[edit]

Coat of arms of Verkhneudinsk in 1790

The first occupants of the area where Ulan-Ude now stands were the Evenks and, later, the Buryat Mongols. Ulan-Ude was settled in 1666 by the Russian Cossacks as the fortress of Udinskoye. Due to its favorable geographical position, it grew rapidly and became a large trade center which connected Russia with China and Mongolia and, from 1690, was the administrative center of the Transbaikal region. By 1775, it was known as Udinsk, and in 1783 it was granted city status and renamed Verkhneudinsk.[citation needed] After a large fire in 1878, the city was almost completely rebuilt. The Trans-Siberian Railway reached the city in 1900 causing an explosion in growth. The population which was 3,500 in 1880 reached 126,000 in 1939.

From April 6 to October 1920 Verkhneudinsk was the capital of the Far Eastern Republic (Дальневосточная Республика), sometimes called Chita Republic.[9] A nominally independent state that existed from April 1920 to November 1922 in the easternmost part of the Russian Far East.

On July 27, 1934, the city was renamed Ulan-Ude.[citation needed]

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the republic.[citation needed] Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as the city of republic significance of Ulan-Ude—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, the city of republic significance of Ulan-Ude is incorporated as Ulan-Ude Urban Okrug.[2]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2010 Census, 404,426 people lived in Ulan-Ude;[4] up from 359,391 recorded in the 2002 Census.[8] In terms of population, it is the third largest city in eastern Siberia.

Historical population figures for Ulan-Ude[10]
Year1923192619391959197019791989
Population21,60028,900125,700174,300253,600299,800352,530[11]

The ethnic makeup of the city's population in 2002:[citation needed]

The city is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Russia and the important Ivolginsky datsan is located 23 km (14 mi) from the city.

Transportation[edit]

Ulan-Ude railway station on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Ulan-Ude is located on the main line (Trans-Siberian line) of the Trans-Siberian Railway between Irkutsk and Chita[12] at the junction of the Trans-Mongolian line (the Trans-Mongolian Railway) which begins at Ulan Ude and continues south through Mongolia to Beijing in China. The city also lies on the M55 section of the Baikal Highway (part of the Trans-Siberian Highway), the main federal road to Vladivostok. Air traffic is served by the Ulan-Ude Airport (Baikal), as well as the smaller Ulan-Ude Vostochny Airport. Intracity transport includes tram, bus, and marshrutka (share taxi) lines.

Culture[edit]

A Russian Old Believer church moved to the ethnographic museum in Ulan-Ude

Until 1991 Ulan-Ude was closed to foreigners. There are old merchants' mansions richly decorated with wood and stone carving in the historical center of Ulan-Ude, along the river banks which are exceptional examples of Russian classicism. The city has a large ethnographic museum which recalls the history of the peoples of the region. There is also a large and highly unusual statue of the head of Vladimir Lenin in the central square, the largest in the world. Built in 1970 for the centennial of Lenin's birth, it towers over the main plaza at 7.7 meters (25 ft) and weighs 42 tons.[13] The bronze head has avoided the patina associated with Bronze via a special coating on the metal, and is a common meeting place. Other attractions are Geser, a monument, and the King's Gate arch.

Sights[edit]

The largest head of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin ever built is in Ulan-Ude
Odigitrievsky Cathedral

The Ethnographic Museum of the peoples of Transbaikal is one of Russia's largest open-air museums. The museum contains historical finds from the era of the Slab Grave Culture and the Xiongnu until the mid 20th century, including a unique collection of samples of wooden architecture of Siberia - more than forty architectural monuments.

Odigitrievsky Cathedral - Orthodox Church Diocese of the Buryat, was the first stone building in the city and is a Siberian baroque architectural monument. The cathedral is considered unique because it is built in a zone of high seismic activity in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Uda River where it flows into the Selenga.

One of the attractions of Ulan-Ude is a monument in the town square — the square of the Soviets — in the form of the head of Lenin (sculptors G.V. Neroda, J.G. Neroda, architects Dushkin, P.G. Zilberman). The monument, weighing 42 tons and with a height of 7.7 meters (25 ft), was opened in 1971 in honor of the centenary of Lenin's birth.[13]

Climate[edit]

Ulan Ude has a steppe climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with long, dry, frigid winters and short but very warm summers. Precipitation is heavily concentrated in the warmer months.

Climate data for Ulan-Ude
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)−0.4
(31.3)
8.4
(47.1)
18.4
(65.1)
26.4
(79.5)
34.5
(94.1)
40.0
(104)
39.5
(103.1)
39.7
(103.5)
32.2
(90)
24.7
(76.5)
10.4
(50.7)
5.2
(41.4)
40.0
(104)
Average high °C (°F)−17.9
(−0.2)
−10.9
(12.4)
−0.3
(31.5)
9.8
(49.6)
18.7
(65.7)
24.5
(76.1)
26.6
(79.9)
23.6
(74.5)
16.5
(61.7)
6.9
(44.4)
−5
(23)
−14.6
(5.7)
6.5
(43.7)
Daily mean °C (°F)−23.4
(−10.1)
−17.9
(−0.2)
−7.4
(18.7)
2.4
(36.3)
10.6
(51.1)
16.9
(62.4)
19.8
(67.6)
17.1
(62.8)
9.6
(49.3)
0.7
(33.3)
−10.1
(13.8)
−19.3
(−2.7)
−0.08
(31.86)
Average low °C (°F)−27.6
(−17.7)
−23.9
(−11)
−13.7
(7.3)
−3.7
(25.3)
3.6
(38.5)
10.5
(50.9)
14.2
(57.6)
11.8
(53.2)
4.3
(39.7)
−4
(25)
−14.2
(6.4)
−23.2
(−9.8)
−5.5
(22.1)
Record low °C (°F)−54.4
(−65.9)
−44.9
(−48.8)
−40.4
(−40.7)
−28
(−18)
−15.1
(4.8)
−3.9
(25)
1.2
(34.2)
−4
(25)
−11.4
(11.5)
−27.9
(−18.2)
−38
(−36)
−48.8
(−55.8)
−54.4
(−65.9)
Precipitation mm (inches)5
(0.2)
3
(0.12)
3
(0.12)
6
(0.24)
18
(0.71)
43
(1.69)
65
(2.56)
68
(2.68)
28
(1.1)
7
(0.28)
10
(0.39)
9
(0.35)
265
(10.43)
Mean monthly sunshine hours114.7155.4226.3249.0288.3288.0269.7248.0210.0167.4114.093.02,423.8
Source #1: Погода и Климат (Weather and Climate)[14]
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (sun only).[15]

Notable people[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Ulan-Ude is twinned with:

A panorama view of Ulan-Ude

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Resolution #431
  2. ^ a b c Law #985-III
  3. ^ a b c "Baikal24". 
  4. ^ a b c "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ The value of density was calculated automatically by dividing the 2010 Census population by the area specified in the infobox. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox does not necessarily correspond to the area of the entity proper or is reported for the same year as the population.
  6. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
  7. ^ Почта России. Информационно-вычислительный центр ОАСУ РПО. Поиск объектов почтовой связи (Russian)
  8. ^ a b "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. May 21, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Bisher, Jamie (June 2005). White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian. pp. 302–303. ISBN 9781135765958. 
  10. ^ "Исторические предпосылки формирования современной этнической структуры г.Улан-Удэ". Ethonet.ru. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  11. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров." [All Union Population Census of 1989. Present population of union and autonomous republics, autonomous oblasts and okrugs, krais, oblasts, districts, urban settlements, and villages serving as district administrative centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года (All-Union Population Census of 1989) (in Russian). Institute of Demographics of the State University—Higher School of Economics. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Train Ulan Ude - Irkutsk
  13. ^ a b "Памятник В. И. Ленину". Monulent.ru. Retrieved 2012-10-31.  (Russian)
  14. ^ "КЛИМАТ УЛАН-УДЭ (Climate of Ulan-Ude)". Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  15. ^ "Climatological Information for Ulan-Ude, Russia". Hko.gov.hk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Online Directory: Russian Federation, Eurasia". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  17. ^ "Official English website of Changchun, China". 2007.changchun.gov.cn. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  18. ^ "Sister cities-英文网". Eng.nmgnews.com.cn. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  19. ^ "Kazan celebrates its 1000 year anniversary". Kazan1000.ru. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  20. ^ "Мэры Маньчжурии и Улан-Удэ обменялись подарками". Baikal-media.ru. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  21. ^ "The Russian presence in Japan". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  22. ^ "Sister cities list". Edunet.taipei.gov.tw. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  23. ^ "Ulan Ude looking for sister cities". Infpol.ru. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  24. ^ "Yalta and Ulan Ude become sister cities". Regnum.ru. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  25. ^ "山形市の友好姉妹都市" [Yamagata City Twin Cities] (in Japanese). Japan: Yamagata City. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 

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