The China-Laos Railway, connecting China’s Kunming in Yunnan province and Laos’s capital metropolis Vientiane, has constructed up an environment friendly transportation channel between China and ASEAN international locations, with logistics prices drastically decreased and regional financial system additional boosted.
The 1,035-kilometer line opened on Dec 3 of final 12 months and the common velocity can attain as much as 200 kilometers per hour. Communication gear, every day requirements, recent flowers and greens are exported from China to Southeast Asia via the road, with agricultural merchandise, rubber, potash fertilizer and iron ore despatched again.
Other than conventional worldwide freight trains, the China-Laos Railway launched the upgraded Lancang-Mekong Categorical with chilly chain service, to satisfy the diversified calls for in cross-border transportation.
“Working at about 120 kilometers per hour, the Categorical takes solely 26 hours from Kunming on to Vientiane,” mentioned Xu Jiefeng, an official of the China Railway Kunming Group Co Ltd, including that the road has already change into the primary selection of products with increased time restrict necessities in transportation, resembling fruits, greens and flowers.
As of July 26, the Lancang-Mekong Categorical had dealt with 75 journeys in whole and the kinds of items delivered expanded from fundamental agricultural merchandise to electronics, photovoltaic units and autos, protecting almost 10 international locations and areas resembling Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia.
“The official opening of China-Laos Railway is seen as a brand new driving drive to spice up our firm’s improvement,” mentioned Chen Xi, basic supervisor of a warehousing and logistics firm in Yunnan province.
“Earlier than the railway went into operation, our fundamental companies have been targeted on trucking transportation, which was not solely time-consuming, however expensive, with plenty of uncontrollable elements. These days, the logistic effectivity has improved considerably, and the worth of products delivered reached 430 million yuan ($63.79 million) in six months,” Chen mentioned.
As of July 26, the China-Laos Railway had transported 5.8 million tons of cargo and a complete of 5.2 million passenger journeys have been made, in line with the statistics by China Railway Kunming Group Co Ltd.
Native residents, most of that are ethnic minorities, discover it simpler than earlier than to go exterior by railway, as a substitute of taking a long-distance bus.
“There are an increasing number of folks taking the China-Laos Railway to journey round Yunnan, particularly throughout summer season trip,” mentioned Zhao Yingjing, conductor of the prepare, who can communicate three overseas languages – Lao, Thai and English – to serve completely different worldwide passengers.
Yi Bofeng, a 24 year-old prepare attendant of the Dai nationality, has joined the crew after graduating from the college, the place she majored in Lao.
“As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the cross-border passenger transportation of the railway has not began operation,” Yi mentioned, “however a lot of the attendants are skilled bilingually to enhance their companies.”