There is the largest monument to the leader of communism, Vladimir Lenin, here. And it consists only of the leader's head!
Ulan-Ude is not only a city in Asia, but also a major Asian railway hub through which the railway lines run to Mongolian Ulan-Bator and then to China. Now you can understand why Vladimir Putin ordered changes to the route of the "Great Tea Route" including Ulan-Ude.
It will take you only a couple of hours by car from Ulan-Ude to Baikal, the cleanest and deepest lake in the world.
The 'Ivolginsky Datsan'...