The 12,000 mile journey through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, to Barking, east London will take two weeks to carry its cargo of clothes, bags and household items.
London is now the 15th European city to join what the Chinese government has dubbed the New Silk Route. The original Silk Road was an ancient trade network that connected the East to the West; China to the Mediterranean Sea.
In September 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced plans for a New Silk Road from connecting China with Europe.
The weekly service consisting of 34 carriages will contain around US$ 4.9 million worth of goods from the factories in Yiwu, has been named after a quote from communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong:
"The east wind will prevail over the west wind."