CHANGCHUN -- A new China-Europe freight train route is to
open linking up northeast China's Korean Autonomous Prefecture of
Yanbian with Europe this year, the prefectural government said Monday.
The freight train will start from Changchun, capital of Jilin
Province, and exit China via Hunchun Port in Yanbian. It will pass
through Russia's Slavyanka and Khabarovsk, and connect with the
trans-Siberian railway to Europe.
The trial operation will be completed before March.
Demand for rail freight between China and Europe, an alternative to
slower and riskier ocean shipping and costlier air cargo, has exploded
in recent years.
About 35 Chinese cities operate freight trains to Europe.