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China's Xuelong 2 sails from Shanghai to Arctic on new mission, July 30, 2021
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China's icebreaker research vessel Xuelong 2 departs Shanghai for Arctic, July 12, 2021. [Photo provided to China News Service by the Ministry of Natural Resources]

Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, departed from Shanghai on Monday for a scientific expedition mission to the North Pole.

It will sail about 15,000 nautical miles on its research mission, and return to home port in Shanghai in late September.

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