Traffic in China: The 9-Day ‘Superjam’

This is a sign of things to come:

“Hundreds of trucks heading for Beijing on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway have been at a standstill because of roadworks in the capital.

Small traffic accidents or broken-down cars are aggravating the congestion which started on August 14.

But those affected have been taking the disruption in their stride.

Drivers have been playing chess or cards, with some joking “concerts should be held at each congested area every weekend, to alleviate drivers’ homesickness”.

And local residents have been benefiting from the queue too by setting up temporary stalls selling food and drink to the car owners.

There has been anger that some vendors have been making a small fortune by overcharging drivers for items including noodles and hot water.

Around 400 police officers are at the scene 24 hours a day to make sure the situation stays calm”

With overpopulation and a rise of the use cars, and more roadworks, this type of thing could start to be the norm. We see it already on the M25 with motorists being stuck on it for several hours. And, just look how many police these Superjams use in case they turn violent. And not a word about all the pollution hanging in the air in these Superjams.

And motorists think that going by car ‘gives them independance’..


One response to “Traffic in China: The 9-Day ‘Superjam’

  1. Remember the Katy Meluha Song there are Nine Million Bicycles in Bejing. Well this has been replaced by the 9Million Cars in Bejing. China has caught up with the West with the Status Symbol of Cars.

    Bicycles means being Poor while Cars says I have arrived. Very important to a People who have been Traditionally Poor for Centuries but now are becoming more Affluent. Unfortunately they are Adopting all our bad Habits that we are trying to lose without a lot of success but our Governments are still working on it.

    Unfortunately they have rushed madly into acquiring Cars all of a sudden within the space of 10 Years. They are even worse than the US in a lot of areas. It was more Healthy for them when they used just Bicycles to get around ,it was always Polluted in their Cities but now it has gotten a Hundred times worse. Time to go backwards to using the Bicycles again En mass.

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