Chita’s main Buddhist temple lies just outside the centre, a 15-minute walk or R150 taxi ride along Bogomyagkova from where it meets ul Babushkina. It’s a recently built affair, but well-kept, with all its prayer wheels, butter lamps and yin-yang drums firmly in place. The tranquil grounds are home to a tiny buuzy (dumpling) joint.
In a blow to Chita's military pride, then-President Dmitry Medvedev dissolved the Siberian Military District, of which Chita was the capital, in 2010. Chita and the surrounding area are now part of the Eastern Military District that has its headquarters in Khabarovsk.