China-Europe railway transports multi-billion dollars of goods
The value of imports and exports transported by China's Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe International Railway was estimated to be 16.88 billion yuan (about 2.45 billion USD) in 2016.
As of February, 1,000 trips had been made along the route, which is part of the rail network that connects China and Europe along the Silk Road Economic Belt.
Launched in March 2011, the 11,000-km-plus freight rail route stretches from Chongqing in southwest China to Duisburg, Germany.
The whole journey takes 13 days form Chongqing, passing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland, before reaching Duisburg.
The freight trains transport China's food, automobiles, mechanized equipment and IT products to Europe, while carrying back automobiles, vehicle parts, metal, medical facilities and other goods to China.