Beijing – Lhasa 'Thanglha' Deluxe Tourist Train Operative in 2008
Published : 0:00 A.M. EST, Dec 17, 2007A new tourist train service, Beijing-Lhasa 'Thanglha' Deluxe Tourist Train, will commence officially after Beijing 2008 Olympics. It will be China's first train service operated by a private company, namely Foresight Industrial Limited Company.
We understand that the 'Thanglha' train will consist of fifteen carriages, twelve of which will have four suites of rooms measuring 12 square yards. There will be two deluxe dinning cars as well as a special car for leisure and sightseeing. Trials are due to start next May with a full service from September 2008. Plans are for three trains every eight days between Beijing and Lhasa following the official opening of the service.
Unlike the traditional passenger train, the 'Thanglha' tourist train will stop at some tourist cities and famous attractions along the route, such as Xian City, Qinghai Lake and the Thanglha Mountain Pass. This means the entire journey will take about five days. According to the operating company, tickets of 'Thanglha' tourist train will be on sale from February 2008 and the price has been set at around USD 5,000.