In Brief – Next Stop?

In Brief – Next Stop?

Dongguan’s Shilong town was the start of an epic journey on April the 11th 2017. The destination of the marathon jaunt is Vorsino in Russia. It will take 14 days to arrive.


This week marked the inaugural Sino-E.U. bi-directional cargo train. It has the aim of enhancing trade links between Guangdong province and that of the extensive route throughout the so called China’s Belt and Road programme. The countries expected to receive shipments of goods include Kazakhstan, Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden. European commodities are expected to be sent on the return leg over time. In the future, the frequency of Guangdong’s Sino-European trains may bring that elusive bottle of Vimto one has been dreaming of…


Only a day later, the first freight train from the U.K. to China departed London’s DP World region for Yiwu, Zhejiang. The 12,000km journey is the first such cargo train to ship British cargo. Following 18 days of travel, products such as milk powder and soft drinks will have passed through nine countries. Ma Hui, an official within the Chinese embassy in the U.K. said, “The service injects fresh impetus into the joint efforts by China and UK in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.” With quicker rail gauge changes in Kazakhstan, the method can only get quicker. This goes to show that steam trains really do belong in the past.


In other news, the 2741m long Gongbei tunnel linking China’s Zhuhai ports, Macau and Hong Kong was completed on Monday the 10th of April. On the same date, China Southern Airlines began flights between Guangzhou city and Mexico City via Vancouver city, Canada. Is it me or is the world getting smaller and smaller?


For more information, please visit Dongguan Today.

JR Acton

“Sum yourself up in 100 words or less,” they said. I’ve blown seventeen words on this alone. As a former editor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s website and matchday programme, amongst other accredited publications in The Non-League Paper and Cambrian News, I can safely say that I like writing. I love reading and the English language equally which is why I fled Britain for Dongguan to teach English and spend some time trying to thrash out the first novel. Everyone can write but is everyone willing to read our words? Only time will tell. I am fluent in Mancunian and English – and I am learning Mandarin, slowly. Really slowly.

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