Traffic Jam in China Enters Ninth Day

china-traffic-jamIt always seems to take forever to get anywhere when you’re sitting in traffic. Sitting in traffic for over a week is just ridiculous. This must be a record. From Sky News:

A 100km long traffic jam in China has entered its ninth day and drivers are being warned the bottleneck could continue for a month.

Hundreds of trucks heading for Beijing on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway have been at a standstill because of roadworks in the capital.

Small traffic accidents or broken-down cars are aggravating the congestion which started on August 14.

But those affected have been taking the disruption in their stride.

Drivers have been playing chess or cards, with some joking “concerts should be held at each congested area every weekend, to alleviate drivers’ homesickness”.

And local residents have been benefiting from the queue too by setting up temporary stalls selling food and drink to the car owners.

There has been anger that some vendors have been making a small fortune by overcharging drivers for items including noodles and hot water.

Continues at Sky News

8 Comments on "Traffic Jam in China Enters Ninth Day"

  1. malatesting123 | Aug 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm |

    This is at once certifiably batshit crazy at the same time as being the single best argument for public transportation that doesnt rely on environmental arguments that I have ever seen.

    • Or, alternately, it's the single best argument against central planning by Maoist Communists.

      Has a capitalist nation ever had a nine-day traffic jam?

  2. “There has been anger that some vendors have been making a small fortune by overcharging drivers for items including noodles and hot water.”
    Such capitalists the Chinese

  3. FeveredEgo | Aug 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm |

    More proof that the standard of living in China is rising. They, if not, surpassed us as being the world’s superpower. Quit having babies, people; we’re crowded as it is already. I don’t care what the scientists say: We, as the human race, cannot continue to sustain on a wasteful, throwaway ethos. If you want to continue popping out kids, start implementing more efficient alternatives that won’t desecrate our planet immediately.

  4. FeveredEgo | Aug 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

    More proof that the standard of living in China is rising. They, if not, surpassed us as being the world's superpower. Quit having babies, people; we're crowded as it is already. I don't care what the scientists say: We, as the human race, cannot continue to sustain on a wasteful, throwaway ethos. If you want to continue popping out kids, start implementing more efficient alternatives that won't desecrate our planet immediately.

    • CloudTiger | Jan 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm |

      If ( and really, it is fantastically unlikely if ) the Western countries who have birth rates at less than replacement level “quit having babies” we will rapidly [by 2050] be overwhelmed by an inability to cope with an aging population using our present “health” system and terrible diets AND also by civil war with the Muslims who breed like the death rate has not dropped since plague times. So we would be done for… as it is the stress, BPA, microwaves etc of the pollution is cutting our birth rates and viability anyway.. by design of the Elite. It is all coming to an ugly swollen head.

      Really the issue is of consciousness and power… can we [the more awake] wake up enough to wake them [the sheople] enough to transcend this control system the Elite farm us in. Their attempts at control will backfire [the Comma of Pythagoras for you musicians reading] but you don’t want to be a sheep in the field when the farmers panic. They are starting their cull now anyway… buy silver! Invest in loss! Get thee outta Babylon ;-D

  5. Anonymous | Jan 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    If ( and really, it is fantastically unlikely if ) the Western countries who have birth rates at less than replacement level “quit having babies” we will rapidly [by 2050] be overwhelmed by an inability to cope with an aging population using our present “health” system and terrible diets AND also by civil war with the Muslims who breed like the death rate has not dropped since plague times. So we would be done for… as it is the stress, BPA, microwaves etc of the pollution is cutting our birth rates and viability anyway.. by design of the Elite. It is all coming to an ugly swollen head.

    Really the issue is of consciousness and power… can we [the more awake] wake up enough to wake them [the sheople] enough to transcend this control system the Elite farm us in. Their attempts at control will backfire [the Comma of Pythagoras for you musicians reading] but you don’t want to be a sheep in the field when the farmers panic. They are starting their cull now anyway… buy silver! Invest in loss! Get thee outta Babylon ;-D

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