Pak-China bus service completes first journey from Lahore to Kashgar
BEIJING: The bus service, launched between Pakistan and China to facilitate tourists, has completed its first journey.
The service has been launched as part of an initiative to connect both countries via road under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The luxury bus service initiated its first journey from Lahore, Pakistan, to Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Daily reported on Wednesday.
The new bus service was launched by the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and private Pakistani transport company Shuja Express The Lahore-Kashgar bus will run four days a week, between Saturday and Tuesday, while the Kashgar-Lahore bus will run between Tuesday and Friday.
CEO of Shuja Express, Muhammad Anwar said that the journey from Lahore to Kashghar takes a total of 36 hours, and the bus will make five stops before it crosses into China at the Khunjrab Pass (Pak-China border). “Travelers will require a valid visa and identity card to make the journey,” he added.
A one-way ticket from Lahore to Kashgar costs PKR 13,000 (650 RMB) while a round trip totals PKR 23,000 (1,200 RMB). The fare from Kashgar to Lahore is 600 RMB.
PTDC official Mukhtar Ali told media that the bus service would also provide a chance for Chinese tourists to visit sacred Buddhist sites, dating back to the Gandhara era.
He added that this project will further strengthen relations between the two countries and will create an economic boom.