The backups on the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver have nothing on a recent traffic jam in Beijing that caused tens of thousands of cars to come to a stop.
According to The People’s Daily, the traffic jam occurred just outside of Beijing along the 2,273-kilometre-long G4 expressway that links Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau. A newly constructed checkpoint caused 50 lanes of freeway to merge into 20 lanes.
Drone footage posted onto YouTube captured surreal scenes of the backups and organized chaos.
Over 750 million people in China are estimated to have made trips across the country to mark China’s seven-day National Day holiday. Millions of Chinese came home at the same time.
In 2010, a traffic jam in China lasted for over 10 days when, with vehicles moving just one kilometre per day. The desperation even led to the creation of a mini-economy as locals sold water and food to stranded drivers and their passengers at inflated prices.