A freight train service between Shanghai and Vientiane, the capital of Laos, was launched on Sunday. A train loaded with goods, including fruits and rubber from Southeast Asia, departed Wangjiaying West Station in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on the morning of the same day, marking the inauguration of the service.
The train is expected to take 82 hours to reach Shanghai, according to the Kunming municipal government’s communications department. The China-Laos Railway is a landmark project under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Since it began operation in December 2021, trains using the line have delivered around 27 million tonnes of freight to destinations including Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. So far, 25 provincial areas in China have launched cross-border freight train services along the railway line.