The Shangri-La Express

The Shangri-La Express

  • Region: Asia
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  • Type: Deluxe Trains

  • Traveller Interest: Panoramic Vistas ,  Cultural Experiences

Journeys on The Shangri-La Express

Introduction / History

Despite its name, the private Shangri-La Express (formerly China Orient Express) is not a luxury train. The Shangri-La Express guarantees you good living even in the remotest places and is one of the best ways to discover this fascinating country and its spectacular scenery. The cabins are comfortably furnished, with a "pullman" table and an armchair alongside a large picture window; a perfect place from which to take in China’s ever-changing scenery. A mix of Chinese and Western meals are served on board. The piano bar car is the perfect place to mingle with fellow travellers. It is one of the most modern hotel trains in China and is air-conditioned, comfortably furnished and traditionally decorated with the varnished wood and brass reminiscent of a different age.

Accommodation

The Shangri-La Express has first-class sleeping compartments with two bunk-style twin beds. Each cabin includes a ‘Pullman’ table and deep armchair alongside a large picture window; a perfect place from which to take in China’s ever-changing scenery. A small washroom with sink is shared between compartments. Two toilets are down the hall: only one has a chemical toilet which can be used when the train is stopped. Each has shower, mirror, hairdryer and changing area. However, one must walk through the dining car to take a shower. For this purpose, the train provides complimentary gorgeous silk robes. Service on board is cheerful; each car has its own attendant who cleans the cabins, makes the bed and is on call to serve tea and coffee 24 hours a day. Although the staff speak little English; a translation card in your room helps.

Dining / Lounge

Meals are served in the train’s spacious restaurant car, where dedicated chefs serve a western breakfast (Cereal, fruit and eggs and toast) followed by a wide range of authentic Chinese specialities at lunch and dinner. As well as soft drinks, tea and coffee, meals are accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served in the bar car. Alcoholic drinks are additional cost outside of meals.
 
 

The piano bar car has a unique ambience, where the on-board pianist is happy to take requests. Generally open until the last person leaves, the bar is the perfect place to get to know your fellow passengers, or simply while away some time, reading or taking in the scenery while enjoying your favourite drink.

 

  • The Shangri - La Express
  • The Shangri - La Express
  • The Shangri - La Express
  • The Shangri - La Express
  • The Shangri - La Express
  • The Shangri - La Express
  • The Shangri - La Express