A cargo train has set off on a maiden journey from China to Germany, and is expected to make the 9,814-kilometer trip in 18 days, the Chinese news agency Xinhau reported on Wednesday. The train, hauling 100 containers, will run twice a month between Hohhot, the capital of northern inner Mongolia, and Frankfurt. The route will take the train, which has an annual freight capacity of 50,000 tons, though six countries -- China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany. On the outbound trip it will export electronic products, home appliances, textile and rare earth materials. On the return from Europe, it will import raw materials for electronic products and home applicances.