WUHAN, May 27 (Xinhua) -- A freight train loaded with cultural items, including paintings and calligraphy brushes, is heading to the German city of Gottingen after leaving Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province.
It was the first time that such items have been exported from Wuhan to Europe via the China-Europe freight train route.
The train carried two containers loaded with over 2,000 items such as incense burners and wooden furniture. It will reach Gottingen in 15 days after crossing Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.
Previously, such products were exported via air or sea freight, with higher costs and longer travel time respectively.
Since it was launched in July 2013, the trans-continental freight train routes have been extended due to increased demand. China now has express freight services to 28 European cities.