A direct rail link between China and Spain is no longer a dream. The first ever freight train from Yiwu in eastern China arrived in Madrid following a journey of 13,000 kilometres. Yiwu is an important commercial centre for small commercial goods and the train left its station on 18th November and then travelled through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and France before arriving in Madrid three weeks’ later. This route is now the longest in the world, even longer than the famous Trans Siberian railway which runs between Moscow and Vladivostok. The journey took 10 days less than conventional shipping routes and carried 40 containers of toys, tools and other goods. It will return to China with its load of olive oil, cured ham and wine. China already has a direct train route to Germany.