BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Regular highway-railway combined transportation service between China and Nepal has resumed as a freight train destined for Nepal capital Kathmandu left Lanzhou, capital city of Gansu Province in northwest China, on May 22.
The train will be transited to highway transport in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. With the carried goods finally arriving in Kathmandu in ten days, the whole journey is about 35 days shorter as compared with sea transportation.
According to the International Land Port of Gansu (Lanzhou), 390-odd tonnes of goods worth about 1.3 million U.S. dollars were carried on the train, including daily necessities, clothing, shoes and hats, auto parts and building materials.
Highway-railway combined transportation service on the route started on May 11, 2016. So far, more than 380 freight trains have been arranged, transporting goods worth nearly 4 billion yuan.
The regular road-rail service is the first combined cargo transport service between China and South Asia, marking the significant role of Lanzhou as an international logistics transfer hub under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
(Edited by Jiang Feifan with Xinhua Silk Road, firstname.lastname@example.org)