There is a Buddist centre 30 km outside Ulan Ude. It is a great outing, and a baeutifull place.
To get there go to the end of Ul Lenin, to the bus station. Take number 130 minibus tell where you going. It will cost ya 15 rouble. They drop you off not so far, then you have to take a taxi car, cost 10 rouble. and he will drop you of in front of the temple.
Going back can seem a problem a special in the winter. Wecwalked, and when I heard a car appraouching I stopped it. Theu where nice and we did not have to pay. they dropped us off where we could cath the mini bus again!!
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Supermarket/Food Store--There is a small supermarket, 'Sputnik', off the main square. Nice selection of goods, fresh fruits, wines. One concern was the caviar section--the refridgerator was off (and was warm), while the caviar was still sitting in there for sale (and equally warm).