A train journey to the East

14:41, October 26, 2010      

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Tina Ubel (C) stands with fellow travelers on the Silk Road.(Source: China Daily)
The distance from Hamburg to Shanghai is 10,000 kilometers, a journey normally made by plane in about 10 hours.

But there is a notable difference between going to a location and traveling there - for German Tina Ubel, this difference already added up to almost 50 days.

Rather than fly, Ubel took a series of trains, crossing the European and Asian continents and passing through 16 cities in seven countries.

She started her journey from Hamburg in Germany on July 16 and arrived in Shanghai on Sept 1. She then made an extra trip back to Beijing to share her experience with fellow travelers.

Ubel spoke to METRO and recalled that the trip all started one year ago when she was thinking of how to enter particular cities.

"Iran, for example, has always been a country I have wanted to visit," Ubel said.

"It is always in the media and has become such a focus for global politics."

Ubel visited Teheran, the capital, which she named as her best "lover city".

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