China’s Neverending Traffic Jam
August 30, 2010 | by V Saxena

What began on August 14 as a simple traffic jam on the National Highway 207 in northern China’s Hebei province has transformed into an 11-day+ jam that may not come undone until sometime in mid September.

It all started when the Beijing-Tibet Highway was shut down for repairs on August 13th. Disgruntled truck drivers detoured over to the National Expressway 110, causing what soon became a gridlock like no other.

The traffic now covers over 62 miles and includes hundreds of bored, stranded drivers; the remnants of auto accidents galore; and a slew of abandoned or broken-down vehicles. During a good day, a driver might be able to move his or her vehicle a bit over a mile—though even that is an unlikely scenario.

Drivers have for the most part been spending their time chatting, playing card games, and negotiating with the hundreds or so local villagers who have lined the highway to sell food and supplies.

Unfortunately, the locals have increased the price on everything in the hope of capitalizing on the frustrated drivers’ needs. The Telegraph reported “hundreds of peasants swarming over the fields with farm carts filled with bottled water and boiled rice and veg, marking out their pitch by the roadside and making an absolute killing.”

I must admit that this is the worst traffic jam I’ve ever seen. Even in India traffic never become this congested. If nothing else, this unfortunate situation will at least hopefully provide a smile to some disgruntled driver about to commit a 187 because traffic is moving “so slowly” on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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V Saxena
I hail from Raleigh, North Carolina. I was raised in America and intend to bring up my children as proud Americans because I am defined by neither my past nor the color of my skin, but rather by the path I choose to take in life. It is this option to be who and what I want that has me so enamored with my Mother country: the United States of America. For more information, please visit
  • SEE~ now this is a great report…although kinda old… it reports everything i need without asking me what i think of horrible traffic and locals taking advantage of a current situation…as they say in america, WELCOME TO CAPITALISM!~

  • Ah yes, I see the solution: Forbid any of the farmers from trying to make a buck, then the prices of everything will be super low, right? Hmm… maybe not – they would be super high because everything would be non-existant.

    The solution of the government trucking in supplies doesn't work either, does it? Since there is no highway to do so. And you can be sure government workers would be paid dozens of times more than farmers for lugging goods over fields to sell at "low" prices (which didn't include their wages).

    This is capitalism at work, we don't live in a state of perfect abundance. Shit happens, and when people try to make a buck by lowering prices (every farmer that comes with extra goods lowers prices just a teeny bit), there's nothing really wrong with it.

    Ah wait… I just realized the guy above really meant by the above comment, good to be in agreement

  • thank god there is no “what do YOU think”

    who ever that writer is, should be fired.

    also your first source is unreliable. if you looked around, you would see that the jam is already being relieved. there is no signs of it lasting until mid September.

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