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                  China-Laos Railway stimulates regional

                      economy since launch two years ago


        By Xu Xinyu, Zhang Yong and Zhang Weiming of Guangming Daily                                             □ 《光明日报》徐鑫雨 张勇 张伟明 / 文

                  On December 3, 2023, the China-Laos Railway celebrated its two-year an-  The China-Laos Railway has established vital connections with various
              niversary of successful operation. Since its inauguration, the railway has facili-  transportation networks. It is now seamlessly linked to the China-Europe Rail-
              tated the transportation of over 24.2 million passengers and an impressive 29.1   way Express; the Shanghai-Yunnan-Lancang-Mekong Line has enabled the
              million tons of cargo. Currently, the railway connects thirty-one provinces, mu-  smooth transportation of international freight trains; the China-Laos Railway
              nicipalities, and autonomous regions in China, serving as a crucial cross-border   and the China-Vietnam Railway have facilitated the movement of international
              freight transportation network that spans twelve Belt and Road countries, in-  cold chain freight trains. Additionally, the China-Laos Railway has effectively
              cluding Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.                   connected major economic belts such as the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the
                  Thanks to the operation of international passenger trains on the China-La-  China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor, and the New Eurasian Land
              os Railway, the journey between Kunming and Vientiane now takes just over   Bridge, playing a crucial role in promoting shared prosperity along the railway
              ten hours. This significant reduction in travel time has led to an increase in the   route and expanding China’s high-quality opening-up to the outside world.
              number of tourists visiting Laos from cities like Kunming, Beijing, and Cheng-  Since its inception, the China-Laos Railway has operated a staggering total
              du. Du Tingting, the tourism director of Kunming Railway Bureau Group Inter-  of 29,000 cargo trains, offering unprecedented opportunities for fruits and other
              national Tourism Services Co Ltd responsible for the Southeast Asian market,   products from Southeast Asia to enter the Chinese market. Wang Xin, a whole-
              said, “We now organize monthly tourist groups to Laos, taking advantage of the   sale fruit trader from Meishan County, Sichuan Province, has been involved in
              growing interest in this destination among Chinese travelers.”  importing fruits from Southeast Asia for three years. As soon as he discovered
                  Liu Xiaoping, a railway staff member at Mohan Station, said, “Both in-  that the China-Laos Railway provides cold chain transportation for fruits, Wang
              bound and outbound passenger trains on the railway are currently operating at   promptly switched to railway transportation. He explained, “Durians, for in-
              full capacity.” To enhance efficiency, the railway bureau, customs, and border   stance, are loaded onto lorries in Thailand and transported to Vientiane South
              inspection authorities have collaborated to streamline the clearance process, re-  Station in Laos. From there, they are seamlessly transferred to Kunming via
              ducing the passengers’ clearance time from approximately 1.5 hours to about 1   the railway. This entire process takes a maximum of two days.” With efficient
              hour. As a result of these efforts, the operation of international passenger trains   clearance procedures in place, the China-Laos Railway presents a cost-efficient
              on the railway is getting increasingly seamless and faster, providing smoother   solution, reducing transportation expenses between Kunming and Vientiane by
              travel experiences for passengers.                              an impressive 40 to 50 percent.

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