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?
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