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BRICS-themed subway train debuts in China

The Indian carriage depicts elephants and yoga, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today. The subway train, which started its test run Friday, has six carriages, five of which represents different cultures of the BRICS countries.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: October 7, 2017 8:41:42 pm
BRICS, BRICS themed train, BRICS train Xiamen, Xiamen BRICS Train, BRICS Nations, World News, indian express news In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, BRICS leaders from left, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province. (AP/File)

A BRICS-themed subway train with carriages representing the five member nations including India has started test operations in China’s southeastern Xiamen city where the grouping’s summit was held last month. The Indian carriage depicts elephants and yoga, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

The subway train, which started its test run Friday, has six carriages, five of which represents different cultures of the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Chinese carriage is red and displays icons such as the Great Wall and Tian’anmen Square, while the Brazilian carriage is green and decorated with images of footballs and football stars, the report said.

The Russian carriage shows off the country’s ballet and matryoshka dolls, while the South African carriage displays pictures of diamonds, it said. The sixth carriage combines cultural elements from all the five BRICS countries. The train has proved popular among Xiamen residents, the report said.

Zhang Chunqing, who is from Xiamen, said the train’s design is unique and represents the cultures of the five countries. The 2017 BRICS Summit was held in Xiamen from September 4 to 5. The Xiamen Subway Line 1 launched another three themed trains during its test operations.

The subway’s test operations will last until October 11. Xiamen started construction on the subway line in April 2014 and it will begin trial run at the end of 2017.

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