CHONGQING, Jun 10 (FAM) – Hundreds of Ford vehicles produced at a Sino-U.S. joint venture are parked along the platform waiting to be loaded onto trains. Huge containers reading “China-Europe Train” are stacked up like mountains. Giant cranes are busy placing cargo into train carriages designated for different destinations — Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland or Turkey.

This is Tuanjiecun, which translates as united village. It had been once a small nondescript railway station in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, before the first China-Europe freight train set off from its platform in 2011.

“That opened a new chapter for trans-continental transportation in the 21st century and was later incorporated into the Belt and Road Initiative,” said Wang Weiping, a Chongqing railway official.