A train will travel a mammoth 7,500 journey from China to London as the Silk Road trading route is revived for a new era.
The East Wind locomotive will pass through Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland, Belgium and France, before it pulls into Hackney Rail Freight terminal in London’s East End on Wednesday.
Bringing an array of goods in 34 carriages from the manufacturing town of Yiwu in East China, the train would have finished an incredible 16-day journey.
The trip will take it over mountain ranges, around deserts and across the vast Russian steppe.
The East Wind marks a revival in the ancient Silk Road trading route as well as a new era for UK-China relations.
In medieval times and even earlier, the route was used by merchants bringing their exotic wares to Europe from the Orient.