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(Sabah Newspaper, 26 November 2014)
//ed note: for atmospherics, the Doobie Brothers' 'Long
Train Running' is provided herewith.//
long train running
You might want to book a sleeper...
A train that will depart from Yiwu, one of China's most
important commercial cities, will arrive in the Spanish
capital Madrid 21 days later. The route of this longest of
train journeys will cover 11,483 kilometers, longer even
than the 9,288 kilometers of Russia's Trans-Siberian route.
The 82-car train will arrive in Madrid in December. Yiwu
is the wholesale sales center in China, the hub of
global trade. Most of China's exports move by sea but
Beijing would like to have some of this transport done by
rail across the route of the ancient Silk Road. In this regard,
China has budgeted $40 billion to link itself to Europe by
Another rail project planned by China would cross Turkey.
The project, announced a few months ago and scheduled
for completion in 2020, would begin in Sincan, China, with
a route taking trains across Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey, and on to