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Shangri-La Express

Listed under Train Journeys in Tibet, China.

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This state-of-the-art and comfortable train's elegant carriages are the latest entrant into the luxury train scene - opened in 2007, the route begins in Golmud, China, following what soon becomes the highest railway line in the world - using pressurised cabins to pass through the 17,000 feet peaks.

After passing herds of surprised yaks and a few resigned monks, who have had to put up with Chinese innovations - not to mention interventions - for years, the train glides its way into Lhasa, the roof of the world. Whatever your political views, this is one of the most spectacular train trips you can take today.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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