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Traveling from Beijing to Lhasa by train takes nearly two days. Travelers have to spend two nights onboard and might get tired easily during the long journey, but if the train is like a five-star hotel, the situation will be absolutely different. Yes, there used to be such a train, the luxury Tanggula Luxury train from Beijing to Lhasa.
The luxury train is special custom-made and managed by Kempinski Hotels which well assure their positions of Luxury Trains. The travelers onboard, while enjoying the world-class comforts, also start a spectacular journey which would be the best all through their lives.
The train was planned to operate regularly from Beijing to Lhasa, traversing the Qinghai-Tibet Railway that is the world's highest railway through the spectacular scenery of Tibet.
Each train accommodates a maximum of only 96 guests in 48 spacious suites. The suites feature a smart and contemporary design, offering one full-sized or two twin beds with fine linens, en-suite bathrooms, showers with custom bath products, and all the technological conveniences of home including a full entertainment system.
At daytime, each suite is converted into a tranquil lounging area where you can recline on a settee and enjoy the passing landscapes accompanied by a glass of wine and soothing music. At night, special lighting envelops you in an intimate setting ideal for reading, video watching, star-gazing or just a peaceful sleep.
The trains also offer ample space and convenience for lounging, with two dining cars and a scenic car located at the center of the train. Fresh and original Western and Asian cuisines will be served, accompanied by an excellent selection of wines, Champagne, spirits and soft drinks, satisfying discerning palettes from around the world. Meals as well as most beverages are complimentary throughout your entire journey on the train to Tibet.
However, you might be disappointed soon as the much anticipated Tangula Luxury Train is still not in service. Anyway, there are other choices. You can still take a train to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining, etc.