This is what happens when people come back from vacation in China and try to get into Beijing. And you thought your puny traffic jams were crazy.
Thousands of motorists near a toll station in Beijing were left going nowhere fast as people returned home at the end of the week-long National Day holiday. In Beijing, China, thousands of commuters were trapped on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway on Wednesday, China’s The People’s Daily reported.
The massive traffic jam was caused by a new checkpoint that caused 50 lanes to merge into 20 lanes, according to The People’s Daily reported.The jam was so bad that traffic was backed up for hours in what was likely a hair-pulling drive home.
China is no stranger to these ridiculous traffic jams, especially on national highways. In 2010, gridlock spanning more than 74 miles on the stretch between the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Beijing left drivers with nowhere to go for a staggering 12 days. That time blame fell on everything from road construction to broken down cars and fender-benders.