China-Europe Train First Opens “Belt and Road” Connects Effectively in Shenzhen
May 23 2017
At 10:38 a.m. on May 22, the X8428 train slowly departed from Shenzhen Yantian Port and drove all the way to Minsk, Belarus. This is the first China-Europe train to be launched in Shenzhen, and Shenzhen has become the only first-tier city in the country to connect with the “Belt and Road” initiative. The China-Europe train (Shenzhen to Minsk) departing on the same day departed from Shenzhen Yantian Port, a major port for international cargo transfer, departed from Alashankou, Xinjiang, passed Kazakhstan, Russia and other countries, and finally arrived in Minsk, Belarus. The total length of the line is about 9,900 kilometers and the estimated operating time is about 13 days. According to Shenzhen government officials, the purpose of the China-Europe Railway is to effectively integrate freight resources in the Pearl River Delta, ASEAN, Taiwan and other regions, and take advantage of Shenzhen ports and railways to redistribute to other provinces, cities and regions, thereby further strengthening the Shenzhen re-export trade center Status, Shenzhen will be built as a multimodal intermodal Asian freight forwarding center to promote the steady growth of foreign trade in the Pearl River Delta region. According to the statistics of the China Railway Corporation, since the China-Europe train started operating in 2011, it has operated more than 4,000 trains, of which the number of trains operating this year has exceeded 1,000. At present, there are 28 cities in China-Europe train service, covering 21 provinces and municipalities, and reaching 29 cities in 11 European countries. Shenzhen is the 29th city in China to run the China-Europe Railway.