Shangri-La Express

Modern comfort in an ancient country... the best private train available in China today, the Shangri-La Express guarantees you good living even in the remotest places.

Life Aboard Our Private Train

The Shangri-La Express is the best available private train in China, operating on
the Silk Road route between Beijing and the Chinese border.

Train Accommodation

The Shangri-La Express offers comfortable living with a choice of en-suite, double bed accommodation or traditional-style cabins, with a shared toilet and shower facility in each carriage and a twin bed arrangement.

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Take a look inside China’s premier private train, used on our Silk Road journey between Beijing and the Chinese border and on the NEW Tibet and China Rail Discovery tour.

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Travel the Silk Road

Retrace one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation on the Silk Road, following in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.

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Tibet and China Rail Discovery

Enjoy a rail tour with a difference on the Shangri-La Express, offering a magical exploration of Tibet, known affectionately as the ‘Roof of the World’ and home to more Himalayan peaks than anywhere else, before traversing across the grand wilderness of China through stunning scenery and ancient cities.

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Our exclusive rail journeys through Russia, Europe, Central Asia, Iran and China, combine first-class customer service with a romantic exploration of the world’s most remarkable sites and a room with a view that constantly changes; offering a unique and memorable exploration of the places we visit. Find out more by downloading a brochure.

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Further Reading

Before embarking on your luxury rail vacation, you may wish to invest some time to learn more about the destinations you will visit. Our recommended reading lists include a hand-picked selection of books individually tailored to your journey, all of which have been endorsed by our expert partner, Longitude Books.

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Diamond Class

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Introduction

At 75 sq ft (7 sq metres) Diamond Class cabins are the most spacious compartments available on the Shangri-La Express, featuring a large double bed, individual desk with freestanding chair, a large picture window and a double wardrobe.

Diamond Class cabins have a private en-suite wet room with washbasin, toilet and shower.

Diamond Specification

  • Sleeps one or two in double bed format
  • En-suite facilities
  • Towels, robes and slippers provided
  • Towels and linens changed regularly
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin
  • Cabin Area: 75sqft (7sqm)

For Silk Road journeys, Imperial Suite and Gold Class passengers will be allocated Diamond Class cabins with en-suite facilities. Silver Class passengers will be allocated Heritage Class cabins with shared toilet and shower facilities.

Diamond Carriage Floorplan

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Heritage Class

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Introduction

Heritage Class cabins are more compact, at 36 sq ft (3.45 sq metres), featuring two lower berth single beds, a large picture window and luggage storage above the door. Towels, robes and slippers are provided with our compliments, in addition to tea, coffee and mineral water, available from your cabin attendant throughout the day.

Toilet and showering facilities are available at each end of the sleeping carriage. The shower room features a separate shower cubicle, hairdryer and separate changing area.

Heritage Specification

  • Sleeps 2 in twin beds (length 2.03m)
  • Toilet/wash facilities are available at each end of each sleeping carriage
  • Separate shower cubicle
  • Towels, robes and slippers provided
  • Towels and linens changed regularly
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water in cabin
  • Cabin Area: 36sqft (3.45sqm)

For Silk Road journeys, Imperial Suite and Gold Class passengers will be allocated Diamond Class cabins with en-suite facilities. Silver Class passengers will be allocated Heritage Class cabins with shared toilet and shower facilities.

Heritage Carriage Floorplan

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Golden Eagle
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