Shanghaiist.com–A Chinese train made history on Tuesday, when after leaving from the Chinese city of Yiwu and arriving 21 days later at its final destination, Madrid. It was the longest train journey ever, reports Xinhua. The train, which is named Yiximou, set off from the train station at Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, on November 18 and eventually arrived at Madrid Aboriginal railway station, 21 days later, at around 11:00 a.m. local time. The total journey covered a staggering 13,052 kilometers, greater than that of the distance between the north and south poles, and crossed China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, before its culmination in the Spanish capital.
On route to Madrid, Yiximou carried a total of 40 carriages, 30 of which arrived in Spain, and transported a massive 1,400 tons of merchandise, including many products for the Christmas market. The train will soon be returning to China brimming with an array of Spanish products, including cured ham, olive oil and wine. The successful trip, which was completed in around half the time it would take for a merchant vessel to travel the same distance, could potentially lead to the opening of a permanent two-way rail link between Spain and China, with regular trade potentially beginning in the new year.
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