China still aims to launch ‘the most luxurious train in the world’ from Beijing to Tibet despite potential security problems.
State-run Xinhua news agency reported in early March, just days before local problems started in Tibet, that the train would go into service on September 1.
But an official at the Qinghai Tibet Railway Company, who also asked to remain anonymous, says there is no timetable yet for the train’s maiden voyage.
Xinhua said earlier a ticket of the 96-seat train, decorated ‘according to the standards of a five-star hotel’, would cost about RMB40,000 ($5,800), or 20 times the ordinary fare for a train ride to Tibet.
Foreign visitors were only allowed back in Tibet at the end of June.