There’s now a direct freight train going all the way from China to London

A direct freight train from China to London has set off from the eastern city of Yiwu.

The train, which is due to pull into London on January 18th, is carrying a wide variety of freight including suitcases and clothing.

It will go through a large number of countries as it makes its way to Britain, including Kazakhstan, France and Belarus.

The train journey takes about half as long as a boat trip would from the country to the north of Europe, Bloomberg reports.

It’s all part of the Chinese government’s “Belt and Road” project, which is aiming to prioritise transport links and increase China’s commercial opportunities.

It echoes the ancient Silk Road, which historically was used to carry goods across Asia and connect the West with the East.

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