East China's Anhui province made new progress in joining the Belt and Road initiative as a train laden with cargo containers returned to the provincial capital from Hamburg, Germany on Monday.
The train left Germany on November 20 and completed a journey of 10,600 kilometers via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Inner Mongolia before arriving in Hefei. On board were 41 containers of European medicine, machine parts, building materials, etc.
Since June 2015, the Hefei-Hamburg train service has been operated about four times on a monthly basis, delivering homegrown products like laptops, textiles, machine and LCD screens to European markets.
It's the first time for the service to return to Hefei with cargo aboard. More fully-loaded trains from Germany are expected next year.
29 train trips were made from the city to European destinations between January and November, with goods worth $142 million in total. In addition, 19 trains carrying $39.6 million of cargo left for Asian countries during the same period.
Chinese president Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road initiative with an aim of strengthening cooperation between China and Eurasia.