The private Shangri-La Express is not a luxury train, but it is at this writing the most modern hotel train in China. It far surpasses regular train service.
During our fall 2013 trip, we (Society of IRT co-owners Eleanor and Owen Hardy) were pleasantly surprised by the train’s comfort. The glass-like Chinese rails made for one of the smoothest rides we’ve had anywhere.
The train is modern and air-conditioned. It has two cabin classes.
Diamond Class cabins are en-suite and have a double bed. Heritage Class cabins have two lower twin beds and shared toilets and showers.