The Call of the Silk Road: Connecting Uzbekistan by rail
For a landlocked country such as Uzbekistan, the China-Europe Railway Express is a vital economic lifeline. Among the goods shipped along it are green beans, raisins and other agricultural produce which make their way to dining tables across China. Traveling in the opposite direction, so Uzbekistan hopes, will be increasing numbers of Chinese tourists who, since 2020, have enjoyed visa-free entry to the country. A must-see on any tourist's itinerary is the historical and cultural city of Samarkand, a major stop on the ancient Silk Road. Today, closer ties with China through the Belt and Road Initiative are opening up greater economic opportunities for Uzbekistan.