ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / China Daily Bureau ChiefsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPAll aboard as freight trains revive Silk Road gloryBy Tian Xuefei ( Updated:2015-07-03 16:00Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA freight train prepares to leave Hamburg en route to Harbin, June 27. [Photo provided to China Daily]A freight train hauling 49 containers of cargo worth $3 million began a 9,820-km journey from Harbin, Heilongjiang province to the German port city of Hamburg.
It entered Russia from Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, joined the Trans-Siberian railway line and then headed to Yekaterinburg, Moscow and Poland before arriving a fortnight later.
That same day, a train laden with auto parts, beer and consumer goods left Hamburg, bound for Harbin. Whats the connection?
Its a new cargo service created in response to Chinas new “Belt and Road Initiative” intended to revive the glories of the ancient Silk Road trade route by building a China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor and the Heilongjiang Land and Maritime Silk Road Economic Belt.
Harbin has long been considered an open, international city going back to the late 19th century, but at that time Russias Tsarist government railway line in Northeast China was used to plunder its resources and control the Far East. The line extended eastward to the Pacific Ocean and westward to Europe, with Harbin as a hub. The city was created largely due to the railway as it brought an influx of foreign immigrants, business and prosperity to the city.A train departs Harbin for Hamburg, June 13. [Photo provided to China Daily]The line is part of Chinas Silk Road Economic Belt running across Asia to Europe and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, running to Africa.
Peng Jielin, deputy head of Heilongjiangs development and reform commission, said cargo going to Europe from Chinas Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Bohai-Sea areas will cost less than goods transported through the Xinjiang Uygur region or via the city of Erenhot in Inner Mongolia. The weekly train service is also more economical, convenient and safer. It takes 15 days fewer than by sea and costs about $2,000 less than other railway routes.
By the end of this year, the train is expected to have made 26 trips, carrying goods from major cities and ports in Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces in the Northeast, the Bohai area in the North and East, as well as Japan and South Korea, accounting for about 50 percent of the cargo. Meanwhile, cargo from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Spain will head this way, providing a door-to-door delivery service both ways.
Wang Fukuan, deputy head of Harbin Customs, said the train will open a new logistics channel for Chinas imports and exports and promote economic and trade cooperation among China, Russia and Europe. It can also bring more resources, technology and capital to Heilongjiang for production and development of trade and industries along the line. 8.03KMost Viewed Todays Top NewsSino-US friendship should be carried OnMarathons offer healthy business opportunitiesUS should shoulder responsibility to help refugees and restore orderFinetuning the language of official releasesSchool should let students choose nap or meditationForum TrendsShould teachers accept gifts from students?Is military training necessary for freshmen?Should children endorse products?Should a woman propose to a man?Education: Learning from each otherStay-at-home or working mom?Can single women exercise reproductive rights?ColumnistsMarathons offer healthy business opportunitiesAdding injury to insultFeatured ContributorsVictory Parade: An event of great significance for the worldParades in China and Russia are ways to preserve order and justiceStar BloggersThe man with a plan By teamkrejadosWhen he first came to China, things were a lot more lax – both in this country and in the world. Obtaining official documents was nowhere near as rigorous as it is today.America is to blame By MichaelMA recent post that went viral on Chinese social media outlet, WeChat, stated that America is at fault for the recent downfall of the Chinese stock market.Nine big issues in food and agribusiness By MarcosF.NevesWhat are some of the issues food agribusiness researchers and executives are talking about right now? To address this question, I had a chance to participate in the recent World Food and Agribusiness Congress.SpecialGap years: A choice for young ChineseThe lives of stay-at-home dadsExpats teachers zoom in on China…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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