Ten container trucks, loaded with the first batch of sheep donated from Mongolia, departed from the border city of Erenhot in Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Thursday morning.
A total of 12,000 sheep, all slaughtered and frozen, are expected to arrive in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province on Saturday.
Mongolian students who are studying in Wuhan showed great excitement to welcome the sheep from their motherland.
Zolboo Munkhtuya, 25, a postgraduate majoring in law at China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, said she had been expecting this moment for a long time.
"China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors," she said. "The Mongolian people are very happy to help the Chinese people who have beaten the COVID-19 epidemic, especially the heroic people of Wuhan."
After the outbreak of the epidemic in the city, Munkhtuya had the chance to return to Mongolia, but she chose to stay in Wuhan.
"During the period, I stayed in my dormitory and had online lessons," she said. "My teachers sent me food and daily necessities, giving me great support."
Now Munkhtuya is preparing her doctoral qualifying examination.
"I hope I can continue to study and work in Wuhan, contributing my strength to the friendship between the two countries," she said.
"I really love Wuhan and reganmian (hot dry noodles)," said Amgalan Nomin. "China is one of Mongolia's most important neighbors. The sheep can be seen as the most sincere gift from the Mongolian people to Wuhan."
The 28-year-old doctoral student of international relations from Central China Normal University in Wuhan arrived in 2014 and finished her postgraduate courses at the university in 2018.
"I still remember I could only say 'hello' and 'thank you' in Chinese," she said. "After four years' study, I could not only skillfully use Chinese, but also made friends with a group of good friends and teachers."
"We spent wonderful times together," she said. "I wish all the best for my classmates and teachers, as well as Wuhan."
During the visit of Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga to China in February, the critical stage of China's COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control, he promised to offer 30,000 sheep in support.