China opens its first combined transport service to Nepal
China on Wednesday flagged off its first combined transport service to Nepal.
An international freight train departed from Lanzhou, the capital city of northwestern China’s Gansu province, reported People’s Daily. The final destination is Kathmandu, Nepal, but rail transport will change over to road transport in Xigaze, Tibet.
According to the report, the whole journey will take 10 days and includes three sections: 2,431 kilometers of rail transport from Lanzhou to Xigaze, 564 kilometers of road transport from Xigaze to Geelong Port in Nepal, and 160 kilometers of road transport from Geelong Port to Kathmandu.
Altogether, the combined transport takes 35 days fewer than traditional ocean transport would.
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The train has 43 cars and 86 cargo containers carrying daily necessities and home appliances, according to the deputy general of China Railway Container Corporation.