Luxury Beijing-Lhasa Train Meets with Indefinite Delays

Isaac Mostovicz writes...

The journey to Tibet, which has long filled the popular imagination of the Western adventurer, was made a bit easier in July 2006 when a 1956-kilometer rail line was successfully completed connecting its capital city Lhasa with neighbouring Xining, the capital of China’s Qinghai Province.

As part of this new rail link, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corporation (QTRC) announced a new luxury train service running all the way from Beijing to Lhasa.  The train service was to cost 20 times the price of an equivalent journey on a standard service.  It would only carry 96 passengers at a time with private suites, two dining cars, and a separate sightseeing car.

The excitement of a luxury trains service allows for adventure travel without sacrificing comfort, and it elicits all of the visions of Shangri-la yet at safe arm’s distance.  It could satisfy the demand for something unique and something experiential.

The fact that the train has been postponed seems more a sign of poor execution rather than flawed concept.  We’ll just have to wait for updates.

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