A new China-Europe freight train route was launched Friday, linking Jingdezhen, China's main ceramics production hub, with Moscow.
The first train, carrying 43 containers, departed from Jingdezhen on Friday morning and will travel around 10,000 km to reach Moscow in two weeks, according to Liu Ciping, deputy head of the local commerce bureau.
The goods include ceramics, large equipment, automobile parts and bio-medicines, Liu said.
In late August, China-Europe freight trains marked 10,000 trips since starting in March 2011. As of June 30, China's freight rail services link 48 domestic cities with 42 European cities.
Jingdezhen boasts a pottery production history of more than 1,000 years. The unique climate and clay in the area made its ceramic products a popular royal tribute in ancient China and merchandise on the ancient Maritime Silk Road.