Published On: Sat, Oct 10th, 2015

The day Beijing’s traffic stood still

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Think your commute from work to home is bad, spare a thought for motorists in China who were stuck despite the road having 50 lanes (yup you read it correct 50 lanes!). In Beijing, thousands of commuters were trapped on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway on Wednesday, China’s The People’s Daily reported.

People returning home after holidays main reason behind jam

Aerial footage has captured the horrendous congestion on a motorway leading to the Chinese capital when holidaymakers made their return journey near the end of National Day celebration. The jam began at around 2pm just outside the capital city on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, which has 50 around lanes.

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Screen grab from a drone shows traffic coming to a halt on the 50 lane motorway in China

At the time, hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents were attempting to return home from their trips on the second to the last day of the week-long national holiday.

The Great Jam of China

Wednesday’s jam, though massive pales in comaprison with the one in 2010 which lasted for nearly 12 days! and stretched over a 100 kilometres. Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days. It is considered to be one of the longest traffic jams.

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