Tangula Luxury Train to Tibet Delayed

Awhile back I wrote about the Tangula Luxury Train to Tibet. In the build up to the Olympics, the Chinese government has severely limited access to Tibet, closing it for months, and heightening regulations making tourist visas hard to get.

It seems Tangula has felt the effects as I received this e-mail today:

Dear Mr. Bell,

Thanks for your interest in Tangula Luxury Trains.

We regret to inform you that the launch for Tangula Luxury Trains has been postponed to April 2009. Below is a statement announcing the delay for your attention.

We are sorry to inform you that despite the very encouraging announcement on 25 June 2008 from the Chinese Government that Tibet will be reopening to foreign tourists, Tangula Group has decided to delay the launch of its luxury train business, along both the Northern and Southern routes.

To ensure our guests have the ultimate luxury rail travel experience, we will require several months to finalize all operations on the Tibetan leg of the journey now that we have access to the region. Furthermore, given that the opening of the railway itself beyond Dali to Lijiang on the Southern Route is delayed, we feel it is better to be cautious and allow sufficient time for all operational details to be completed and thoroughly tested.

We apologize for any disappointment this may cause to guests who have already made a booking and to our valued partners, and we will do everything possible to minimize any inconvenience.

The revised launch date will be finalized in the upcoming months and in the meantime our reservations systems will remain open for bookings for journeys from April 2009 onwards.

Once the new launch date has been confirmed, we will be in contact again to inform you. Until then, we thank you for your understanding and continued support. If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

You contact details have been included in our media database and we will be in touch with you once the launch date for the trains has been finalized. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further enquiries.

Best regards,

May Chen

Tangula Press Office

T: +86 21-52895838*106


#1 Simon Pielow on 08.04.08 at 7:52 PM

The Tangula Train is a train for which it is worth waiting! The first completely new luxury train in decades – and not only newly built but a new concept, not based on nostalgia.
The Tangula Train is the first luxury train of the second age of rail, and joins a growing fleet of modern first- and second-class passenger trains that are appearing world-wide.

#2 Simon Pielow on 08.13.08 at 4:46 AM

…and further to my last comment, I look forward to running our first private Tangula Train charter; what a trip that will be!

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