Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
Residents of Shanghai are expected to travel to Tibet by train for the
weeklong National Day holiday which begins from October 1, Laodong Daily
"Tour itineraries are ready, and we are waiting for the final nod from the
Shanghai Railway Bureau," said a spokesman with a local travel agency. A month
ago, the railway department opened discussions on these tours for the National
Day holiday with local travel agencies.
However, the recent accident of a 77-year-old Hong Kong tourist that died
from altitude sickness after riding on China's new Tibet railway, has aroused
alert among local travel agencies.
Many people suffer from serious altitude sickness from this type of rail
tour, which lasts about 52 hours. Fewer tourists are receiving hypoxia tests
before the tour, and therefore, more will go to the hospital because they feel
ill upon returning to the city, which is usually too late, said Bai Chunxue, a
professor from the altitude-sickness department of Zhongshan Hospital.
Shanghai Odyssey Travel Co., Ltd has offered free altitude-sickness
consultations via the Internet and special medical insurance to guarantee the
safety of tourists.