After traveling for 18 days across eight different countries, the little Chinese freight engine that could arrived in London yesterday.
The train had departed from Yiwu West Railway Station in eastern Zhejiang province on January 1st, launching a brand-new freight line connecting two cities that are over 12,000 kilometers apart. It arrived in London carrying loads of small commodities that the Chinese manufacturing hub is known for.
On hand to mark its historic arrival were a gaggle of reporters and some dragons.
Watch the festivities below:
The train is yet another part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, aimed at developing trade and transport infrastructure across Asia and Europe, and revitalizing the ancient Silk Road. To fund this effort, China has set aside $40 billion.
[Images via People’s Daily]
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