The first freight train from China to London set off on Sunday on a journey that will cover a staggering 7,456 miles.
It departed from Yiwu West railway station in Zhejiang Province, China, and will arrive in Barking, London, having been trundling along for 18 days.
Its route will snake through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France and finally Britain.
The service is being run by the China Railway Corporation. Britain is the eighth country to be added to its list of destinations, with London its 15th city.
The new route is set to boost trade ties between the UK and China with goods such as clothing and bags delivered along the re-established Silk Road, connecting Europe and Asia, according to The Indian Express, which cited a report from Xinhua news agency.
The focus on strengthening trade by expanding China’s railway infrastructure and network is part of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy, announced in late 2013.
I don’t think anyone asked Donald Trump for planning permission. Or ever will.