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China Launches First Harbin-Hamburg Freight Train
   2015-06-13 20:15:38    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhangshuai

The launching ceremony for the freight rail service linking Harbin and Hamburg is held in Harbin's Xiangfang railway station, June 13, 2015. [Photo: Imagine China]

A freight rail service linking the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin with the Germany city of Hamburg has been launched.

The new service, which passes through Mongolia and Russia, will deliver goods to Europe twice as quickly as maritime deliveries.

Gao Zhanguo with Heilongjiang's department for Silk Road Economic Belt projects says the new rail link has obvious benefits.

"The China-Mongolia-Russia corridor is the biggest one among the six land corridors along the Silk Road Economic Belt. It runs in a core area linking Russia, Mongolia, Japan and South Korea. It stretches across Eurasia from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea. The rail service can make freight transport more convenient."

It's expected the line is going to carry some 4-billion yuan worth of freight every year.

The launch of the Harbin-Hamburg freight line comes just days after the launch of freight train services between Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi and Moscow.

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