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Kempinski's rolling luxury in China

31 Mar 2008 by Ciprian Hirlea

Luxury hits the tracks in China with the Tangula set to depart from Beijing for Lhasa and Lijiang in September. Kempinski is managing the new train.

Featuring 15 passenger cars – six accommodation cars flank two dining cars and a scenic car on each side – the locomotive can take up to 96 guests. The interiors are a mix of the modern and traditional Chinese with neutral colours used throughout creating a subtle backdrop for the vivid panorama outside. Oversized windows enhance the viewing experience.

The suites provide all the amenities of a five-star hotel and come with king-size or twin beds, ensuite bathroom and shower, flat-screen TV and entertainment system, service bar, safe and the services of a butler on call 24 hours. In-room wellness therapies are also available. Gourmet meals matched with fine wines and spirits are part of the experience.

A five-day Beijing-Lhasa or Beijing-Lijiang journey starts from US$4,000 per person and a four-day journey is from US$3,000. These include off-train excursions, meals, beverages, wines, spirits and service charge. For more details, go to www.tangulaluxurytrains.com

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