With CPEC in action, many trade and developmental avenues have opened up for both, Pakistan and China. One example of this development is the starting of a bus service linking China to Pakistan. The initial launch of Pak China bus service was supposed to be on November 3rd, 2018, but was delayed due to the law and order situation of the country. Yes, you heard it right, there is bus service for those who want to travel from Pakistan to China and vice versa and that too in PKR 25,000!
Schedule Details Of The Pak China Bus Service
North-South Transport Private Limited initiated this bus transportation system, whereby the bus will connect Lahore, Pakistan to Kashgar, China. The transportation service from Pakistan to China will be available for 4 rounds every week on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The return trips from China to Pakistan will be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The total duration of the journey is 36 hours and the bus will make a total of 9 stops.
So as you travel, you can enjoy the beauty and ‘feels’ of both these amazing countries. The company is expecting an influx of customers on every trip, which is why they have urged those planning to travel to book their seats at least one week in advance. The facility of online booking of tickets is also available, but it will depend on the availability of seats.
While a one-way ticket is priced at PKR 13,000, a round trip ticket will cost PKR 23,000 thus making traveling to China very reasonable. Each passenger can carry up to 20 kilograms of luggage.
What Do You Need To Travel From Pakistan To China?
- Valid Visa
- Bus Ticket
Pak China bus service will be a treat for all especially those who are foodies and those who love to travel. The itinerary includes some amazing stops. The bus service will commence from Lahore at 12 noon (PST) and will make its first stop at Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. Breakfast will be served at Islamabad after which the bus will travel to Mansehra, where tea will be served. The beauty of Mansehra will leave the onlookers mesmerized. The cool and relaxing breeze, the lush greenery, the amazing weather; the northern areas are a treat to travel through. Bisham will be the next stop, where lunch will be served. The passengers will enjoy their evening tea at Chilas, a small town with a breathtaking view. Chilas is a part of the Silk Road and also connects Pakistan to China via the Khunjrab Pass. In the route to China, the final stop will be at Gilgit, where a lavish dinner will be served.
The passengers of Pak China Bus service will be allowed to rest from 8:00 pm till 2:00 am Pakistan Standard Time, after which, they will be taken to cross the Pak-China border via the Khunjrab Pass. Once the bus crosses the Khunjrab Pass, in less than three hours the bus will reach at Kashgar, China. When traveling from China to Pakistan, the same route will be taken and the same stopovers will be enjoyed.
The passengers will be given rest time from 8 pm to 2 am (local time) in the morning. They will be taken to Khunjerab pass, Pakistan-China border crossing, and after about two-and-a-half hours of traveling, the bus will reach Kashgar in China. The bus will make the same stopovers while traveling back from China to Lahore. The ticket price includes all the meal costs and the customers don’t have to pay anything extra.
The luxurious busses have around fifteen seats, giving passengers ample space and a deluxe trip. The company is aiming to provide a very comfortable and relaxing trip so that even after two days of continuous travel, the passengers are not tired and worn down.
The buses are new and the most luxurious ones hardly have around 15 seats, therefore passengers would get ample space. The management of the company claimed that no passenger would be left tired even after two days of traveling and it would be a memorable journey for them.
Pak-China Bus Service Is A Milestone To A New Era Of Economic Development
Humayun Iqbal Shami, Chairman Pakistan Economic Forum, termed this a milestone in the relationship between Pakistan and China. He further added that “The countries which carry better and convenient means of communication between them have more opportunities of strengthening people-to-people contacts. One reason for the good relations among European countries is that they have easy access to travel to other countries at a very low price. Air traveling is expensive whereas road traveling is always far cheaper.”
This bus service will not just strengthen ties between both the countries, but it will also enhance tourism prospects and further improve trade and development.
With Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to China, it seems like this relationship will blossom further. During his visit, Imran Khan met with Xi Jinping, President of China, and Li Keqiang, Premier of China, to discuss how to further strengthen the economic and cultural ties between Pakistan and China.
The Brief History Of Pak-China Relations
The decades-long friendship between Pakistan and China bore the fruits in the form of Pakistan–China free-trade agreement and CPEC. The signing of Free Trade Agreements has enabled the countries to develop an upward trend in bilateral trade which resulted in a 278% growth rate.
Pakistan and China entered into trade relations in 1950s, and have engaged in numerous arrangements so far. The first formal bilateral trade agreement was signed between them in 1963. Presently, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is being considered as a game changer, not only for Pakistan and China but also for the entire region. In fact, this is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects which is aimed to link Pakistan’s Gwadar port to China’s Xinjiang province.
Pakistan is a land of infinite opportunities and is blessed with an abundance of incomparable natural resources and ingenious human capital, which when combined with modern technology, create an ideal environment for sustained economic growth.
Pakistan holds unbounded potential within the confines of its boundaries – a potential that is evident in the diverse array of sectors and industries ranging from agriculture to revolutionary science and technology. Pakistan, with its vast set of opportunities and possibilities, provides promising anchorage for importers, investors, individuals, tourists and corporations across the globe to become a part of Pakistan’s journey to regional prosperity.
Both Pakistan and China had great expectations from the blooming relationship in the light of CPEC, which has opened up numerous trade opportunities for both the countries and Pak China bus service a step forward in the direction of economic progress.