First Railway Tourists Bound for Tibet
   2006-07-03 13:50:00
With the Qinghai-Tibet Railway now open, the first batch of tourists have left Beijing for Tibet by train.

Excitement is running high amongst the 200 or so passengers lucky enough to secure a spot on the train’s first tour group.

"I want to go sightseeing in Tibet. But more importantly, I'd like to see the Qinghai-Tibet railway with my own eyes because it's been called an engineering miracle."

"I think taking a train there can help alleviate altitude sickness. We will also be able to see a lot of scenery along the rail lines, which we wouldn't be able to see if we went by air."

Five Beijing travel agencies organize tours to Tibet. They say their package tours have been selling like hotcakes.

Tian Ling is China Youth Travel Service's general manager.

"So far, package tours to Tibet before the mid July have all been filled up. But people don't have to worry, because we have a tour every other day."

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