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Also unforgettable was our experience driving through Beijing in an old fashioned motorcycle side car followed by lunch with a local family in their traditional hutong house.
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Golden Eagle Shangri-La Express

Why We Love This Train :

Location: The Golden Eagle Shangri-La Express offers guests the opportunity to explore the stunning and diverse locations of Tibet, The Silk Road and Inner Mongolia. 

History: Formerly the China Orient Express, the Shangri-La Express began operating in 1985 and allows guests to discover the mysterious Orient in comfort and style. 

Service: Guests can be confident of receiving impeccable service whilst being made to feel relaxed and comfortable even when traveling in such a remote part of the world.


No detail has been overlooked by the Shangri-La  to ensure that guests are fully taken care of on their voyage. In addition to the live music played in the piano bar each evening, guests can relax in the knowledge that a luggage porterage and doctor are on board and have the benefit of personal headsets to enhance any tour.

Internet Access

Although guests are encouraged to relax during the journey, the Golden Eagle Shangri-La Express has full internet access to allow guests to remain connected.

Laundry Service

An on-board laundry service is provided for guests’ convenience, available at an additional cost.

Luggage Porterage

A luggage porterage is on-hand to assist guests with all of their bags from the very start of each journey

Medical Assistance

A qualified doctor is on call 24 hours a day and full medical facilities are also on board.

Personal Headsets

Each external tour is led by a highly-experienced and knowledgeable tour guide, however personal headsets will also be provided to each guest during any external excursion, allowing guests to wander if something catches their eye without missing any of the fascinating commentary.


Mixing East with West, the Shangri-La Express offers fabulous cuisines prepared by only the top chefs using the best available locally-sourced ingredients. The spacious restaurant cars allow guests to indulge in the tastiest of dishes whilst enjoying the magnificent views passing by.

Additional In-Room Amenities

Mineral water, tea and coffee are served 24 hours a day in cabins as well as a courtesy daily seasonal fruit basket which is replenished daily, allowing guests to sample local fruits.

The Piano Bar Car

In the evening, guests can visit the fabulous piano bar car, and sit back to enjoy the music over a drink – the bar offers an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The talented resident pianist will continue to play until the last guest decides that it is time to leave.

The Restaurant Car

A western breakfast is served daily with cereal, fresh seasonal fruit, eggs cooked to individual guests’ specification and a selection of fresh bread. Guests will be treated to different styles of Chinese cooking such as Cantonese and Szechuan, to enjoy for lunch and dinner. High-quality wine and beer are included, along with soft drinks.




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Our co-founder & CEO Catherine Heald lived in China for 7 years and returns often. She loves trekking in the rice terraces of Ping An, and hugging baby pandas in Chengdu!
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