[photopress:hotels_Tangula_Express.jpg,full,alignright]Three custom-made trains are being readied to run over the world’s highest railway.They will run between Beijing and Lhasa, and also between Beijing and Lijiang in Yunnan province.
Financing for the trains, known as Tangula luxury trains, totals $140 million
The Tangula rail cars are locally manufactured in China by BSP, a joint venture between the Canadian-based transport manufacturer Bombardier and its Chinese partners.
Each of the three trains will be equipped with 12 sleeper cars, two dining cars and a lounge car, and will accommodate up to 96 passengers in 48 spacious suites.
The suites will feature an en suite bathroom with shower, mini bar and in-room entertainment system with music, TV and satellite internet.
A butler, but of course, is on call throughout the journey, while a doctor is available during the ascent to Lhasa. Tickets are expected to be priced at about $5,000 per head compared with $50-$150 for the regular service.
For hospitality management and marketing of the trains, RailPartners has entered into an agreement with Kempinski, one of Europe’s oldest and most established five-star hotel groups.
Think superior-Orient Express and you have it about right.
The regular train service between Beijing and Lhasa that has been in operation since July 2006 takes almost 48 hours. But the luxury trains will take five days and four nights with stops along the way to visit tourist attractions. You cannot hurry perfection.
Source: Finance Asia.com