CHONGQING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- A new road for freight between China's southwestern metropolis of Chongqing and Bangkok opened Saturday.
According to the Chongqing highway logistics base, the 2,700-km channel that exits China from Yunnan Province, slashes the travel time of 30 days by sea to just 96 hours by truck.
Auto parts produced in Chongqing and neighboring provinces will reach Southeast Asian countries more quickly, while products such as fruit, rice and timber from those countries will arrive in Chongqing more efficiently and be distributed to central and western parts of China.
It is the central route of an international road corridor that links Chongqing and ASEAN countries. The eastern route which exits China from Guangxi to Hanoi in Vietnam was launched last April.
The western route, which is about 2,800 km and ends in Yangon in Myanmar by way of Yunnan, is under construction.