China has just launched one of the world's longest train routes, from the far eastern tip of the country to London.
Taking 18 days over a distance of 7,456 miles, the "East Wind Train" is stocked with socks, clothes, bags and household goods.
A new trade route has opened up after a freight train began its journey to Barking - from China.
Xinhua stated: "The freight train will strengthen inter-connectivity with western Europe, promote China-Britain trade, and better serve the Belt and Road Initiative".
It's a landmark journey that will now be made weekly, proving quicker than sea transport and half the price of air freight. According to the news China already runs services to 14 other European cities.
Chinese silk was carried along the route, protected by the Great Wall of China.
China has initially set aside about $40 billion in a fund to finance roads and railways overseas under the plan, while the nation's trade with countries along the routes could reach US$2.5 trillion in about a decade, Yao Gang, the then vice chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission, said in 2015. Part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision for "One Belt, One Road", this move is being hailed by all the Railway officials and new agencies.
The train departed from China's global commodity hub Yiwu in Zhejiang Province yesterday.
The freight train is carrying items including clothing, suitcases and bags, according to Bloomberg. Post your comments in the discussion board below; we will be thrilled to hear from you!
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