Kempinski Managing New Chinese Luxury Trains

Beginning next spring, China-bound travelers will be able to ride the rails on upscale multiple-day trips that combine transportation with sightseeing. Kempinski Hotels has been tapped by Tangula International to manage journeys on its two routes, Beijing-Lhasa and Beijing-Lijiang. These new journeys are set to be unveiled in May in the U.S., China and Europe; bookings will be taken thereafter. Lijiang, China

Each journey takes five days and four nights outbound from Beijing, and four days and three nights on the return. Each day, travelers will be able to disembark for excursions.

The route between Beijing and Lhasa traverses the Tibetan plateau, while that between Beijing and Lijiang crosses the scenic landscapes of Guangxi and Yun-nan provinces. Both encompass vast plateaus, desert plains and grasslands.

Each train will have 48 suites, accommodating up to 96 passengers. Each suite will be fitted with an entertainment system with music, TV and Internet, and will have a private bathroom with shower. Butler service will be available throughout, and a doctor will be on hand for the ascent to Lhasa.

These trips will provide travelers with new access to landscapes and cultural traditions, says Josh Brookhart, co-founder and CEO of Tangula International.

For more information on the new rail routes, visit www.kempinski.com.

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