Traffic? What traffic?

The next time you get stuck in traffic, remember this scene of residents returning to Beijing, China, after a week-long national holiday. The video was posted October 7.

Another video, posted by, included notes:

This was the horrific sight faced by many Chinese motorists as millions of people took to the roads during the week-long national holiday that China recently celebrated.
An incredible 50 lanes of motorway were gridlocked after a new checkpoint was installed outside the capital, causing a nightmare-inducing bottle neck in traffic.
People returning home after the national holiday were forced to wait for hours as more and more cars joined the queue, stretching out as far as the eye could see.


Categories: Culture, video content

21 replies

  1. Yikes!! 50 lanes of traffic. Cannot wrap my head around that – even adding up my worst drives through the big cities, stir in parking entry/exits for Disney and Universal, sprinkle with hurricane evacuations in TX , GA, and FL… and still nowhere close. I SO appreciate my 2 to 3 to 2 lanes to work each morning! Nearest in amount of frustration would be waiting in long lines at entrance to RMNP 😉

  2. HELP>>>Where are the bathrooms AND my gas tank is sucking fumes!

  3. Gives a whole new appreciation for “Are we there yet?” Memo to Republicans: You say you want to eliminate the EPA? Uh, if you visit Beijing, don’t forget your gas mask.

  4. Totally depressing and given our rate of population growth perhaps a nightmare scenario for the future?

  5. Wow. That is some avatar! Not my doing.

  6. Amazing. I suppose the Chinese have some acquaintance with crowds, in cars or out of them, and may be a little less perturbed by this than we are. Lucky they don’t all have guns, though.

    • Wouldn’t take many guns to turn that log jam into a shooting gallery. Especially if you add a little frustration and road rage. But maybe they’re so indoctrinated that they just accept it without question.

  7. In such a situation, what you DON’T want to hear is:
    “Please go to the back of the line.”

  8. There are a lot of cars there. I don’t want to be there ever!

  9. I don’t like driving at the best of times, and refuse to drive in larger cities (my own city, Victoria, Canada is so tame!). Reading this post and viewing the video made me shudder.

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