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Launch date set for luxury trains from Beijing to Tibet

December 19, 2007

     SHANGHAI, Dec. 17, 2007 (Xinhua) -- A launch date of September,
2008 for a luxury passenger train service from Beijing to Tibet
targeting the luxury market, has been fixed, operators said.

     Ticket sale for the service, called the Tangula luxury train
project, will begin in February and trial operations will start after
May, said Josh Brookhart, co-founder of TZG Partners, a Shanghai-based
investment company.

     The luxury journey to the Tibetan capital Lhasa will take five days
and cost about 5,000 U.S. dollars for each passenger, according to

     There will be three train sets, which will run three services every
eight days to Tibet when regular operation begins.

     "Our target customers are foreigners who fly to China on business
trips and the new-rich in China," said Brookhart, who is optimistic
about the market for the luxury train service.

     Passengers can stop to sightsee at tourist sites such as Shaanxi's
provincial capital Xi'an, Qinghai Take and Tangula mountain pass along
the 4,000-km-long rail route.

     Each train set, which can seat 96 passengers, has 12 passengercars,
two dining cars and a sight-seeing car. Each passenger car has four
10-square-meter suite-like rooms featuring a double bed, a living room
and bathing facilities

     The cars are being built by Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao)
Transportation Limited in eastern Shandong Province.
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