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Travelling in style

Travelling in style

Phileas Fogg, or should we now say Phileas Fong? Jules Verne’s famous character once wagered that he could travel around the world in 80 days (and proceeded to do so in the novel of the same name). Now China’s rich are being offered the same opportunity by travel agency Ctrip. According to Shanghai Daily, the trip will cost Rmb1 million per head, with only 15 slots available.

While the travellers will pass through 20 countries, their route differs to Fogg’s, including excursions to places like South Pole which would definitely have lost the Englishman his wager. Of course, at such a heady price, it will be luxury all the way – again a differences to certain legs of the English gent’s voyage.

Ctrip describes the price as “reasonable” given the quality of the service that will be on offer and the firm is confident of selling all the berths. “The number of billionaires in China is booming every year, and there is a great potential market,” says company director Fan Min.

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