• Aug 24, 2010
We will never complain about our commute again. Ever. According to MSNBC, gridlock traffic has now grown to cover a total of 60 miles between Beijing and Zhangjiakou. It's been that way since August 14th, and officials say that the situation doesn't look to improve until workers wrap up road repairs on September 13. If that wasn't bad enough, a slew of broken-down vehicles and fender benders have cropped up as a result of the slow-going commute.

Traffic has gotten so bad that drivers have taken to striking up card and chess games while waiting for things to get moving again. Street vendors have also set up shop along the afflicted highway, offering food and drinks at an inflated price. Local government has unleashed a total of 400 police officers to keep crowds calm during the long slog home.

Remember, drivers. It could always be worse. Unless you live near Beijing, that is. Thanks for the tip, Brendan!

[Source: MSNBC]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Living the dream!

      Progress.

      Best oxymoronic image I've ever seen is in Atlanta @ 285 and Roswell Road. Getting onto 285 is a sign for the "Eisenhower Interstate Project 50 yrs of progress". Seeing that sign with the surrounding gridlock at 5:00p on a Friday is the biggest joke ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last time I saw a traffic jam near that size is when passing by a recall line at the local Toyota dealer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now you understand why they invented the 3D bus/train thingy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gridrock
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would have made sense if this were in Japan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do have to say that it's a little bit silly to constantly bring this L and R thing up with regards to the Chinese since they obviously have the L sound in their language. Which is why some of the most popular last names in China start with an L, like Lee or Liu.

        Japanese on the other hand just has one sound that sounds like a combination of L and R so Japanese speakers end up making their L's sound like R's and vice versa. But most Chinese people have no such problem since they regularly use L and R sounds. In addition, mainland China uses the pin-yin system to phoneticize mandarin Chinese, so most Chinese speakers are perfectly acquainted to what the letter L and the letter R sound like.

        I mean it's like someone trying to make fun of Americans by speaking in a Scottish accent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been caught in a traffic jam like this before. I was stuck in traffic for 4 days. It was in Peru and caused by the peasants protesting. They blockaded at least 30 miles of road with stones and other large debris. It took the militia/police to finally clear it off.

      Food was easy to come by. There were street vendors all along the highway selling good. (Setting up blockades is actually great for the local economy) The biggest problems were cleanliness and lack of bathrooms. It was also really hot, so keeping cool and hydrated was also challenging.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how they're prepare for their energy infrastructure with several nuclear plants and a giant dam, but they were caught with their pants down with cars and freeways.

      Didn't they learn anything when they hosted the Olympic? They stopped cars from going there for weeks smog was down and traffic jams was gone too.

      • 4 Years Ago
      But I'm glad so many Americans are driving green vehicles and offsetting whatever pollution old trashy Chinese trucks stuck in a gridlock like this create.
        • 4 Years Ago
        was that sarcasm?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do I see at least 7 commuter buses? I wonder how they manange their bus riders?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is that lane in the middle completely empty? Must be for the rich people. All men are created equal but some are more equal than others.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog should also point out that the attached picture is just a file photo of a section of the Beijing ring road in rush hour, it has absolutely nothing to do with the current traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toll Roads or ramps or other ring roads (beijing has 6 at last count). Beijing has a phenomenal Mass transit and road infrastructure system. (since it's pretty much all new)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I doubt the same people have been stuck in it since August 14th. So how long does it take to go the 60 miles? It must be at least 8 hours if the road is still blocked throughout the night.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving.

      Suddenly a man knocks on his window.

      The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What's happening?"

      "Terrorists have kidnapped Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton. They are asking for a $10 million ransom. Otherwise they are going to douse them with gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, taking up a collection."

      The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving, on average?"

      "About a gallon."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well Pelosi is alive, but she does look like a corpse.............too much Botox will do that to you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, everyone but victor on this thread needs to shut it. You're wasting space with your political BS that could otherwise be used to discuss the topic at hand...an automobile traffic jam.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Victor,
        Try telling that to Obama, Reid, and Pelosi and tell them to get their asses out of the entire car industry. We'll be lucky to have a Blog or auto industry of any sort left by the time these Socialists are thrown out of office.

        But feel free to continue to think that a traffic jam in China is a more important topic for your deep thoughts.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Farmer - cute stories are all you are going to have left after November............
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look for many more like this in the future in China.
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