Beijing: China has turned every driver’s worst nightmare into a harsh reality as hundreds of millions of people have stand still after they headed home at the end of a Golden Week, a week-long national holiday.
Thousands of motorists found themselves cemented on Tuesday in what looks from above like a 50-lane parking lot on the China’s G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, one of the country’s busiest roads. Some are dubbing the traffic jam a “carpocalypse,” while others are calling it “carmageddon.”
Though foggy weather may have played a role, the real culprit is a new checkpoint that forces traffic to merge from 50 lanes down to just 20, reports. Traffic was reportedly backed up for hours.
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.
It was even worse in 2010, when traffic slowed to a snail’s pace along a major Beijing road for nine days.