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Last Tuesday, a passenger train arrived in the Jiangxi city of Yingtan, three days after departing from Kashgar in far-western Xinjiang, thus completing the longest train journey in China to date.
The hardworking K1662 traveled a whopping 5,166 kilometers during its cross-country journey. That's a few hundred kilometers more than the trains which depart from Guangzhou each day before scaling all the way up the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa, zipping 4,980 kilometers in 54 hours in the process.
Though the ride from Kashgar to Yingtan may have been a long one for passengers, it wasn't particularly expensive. Travelers only had to pay 1,231 yuan for a soft sleeper, 776 yuan for a hard sleeper and a mere 461 yuan for a hard seat for the 72-hour journey.
While three days in a train might seem a bit extreme, this is not close to being the longest passenger train service in the world by distance. That distinction belongs to the bi-monthly train from Moscow to Pyongyang which travels 10,267 km in 206 hours.
Recently, as part of its "One Belt, One Road" initiative, China has been sending its freight trains even farther afield to cities like Madrid and London in journeys that take over 20 days to complete.