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First UK to China Freight Train Leaves Essex

Fancy going on a 7,500-mile journey on a train? Well, the first rail freight train from the UK to China is scheduled to depart from Essex  today and is expected to arrive in Yiwu, a popular wholesale market town in the eastern province of Zhejiang, after 17 days.

The freight train will be passing through 7 countries namely, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan before arriving on April 27.

According to the BBC, the freight train has 30 containers which contain British products like pharmaceuticals and vitamins, soda, and whisky.

The first freight train from China to the UK departed from Yiwu 3 months ago. This freight service is part of China’s One Belt, One Road program which aims to revive the famous Silk Road trading routes, which was an ancient network of trade routes which connected the East and West.

Wouldn’t it be nice to go on an adventure such as this to see the many places this freight train would be passing through? One could only wish.

By: Katy Concepcion-Wiggins

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