Biggest Traffic Jam? China Locked in Carpocalypse

Thousands of motorists on Wednesday were stranded on Chinese roadways in what analysts are calling “Carpocalypse.”

Tourists were making their way back from Golden Week celebrations.

About 750 million people were expected to travel across China’s roadways and rails during the six-day-long festival. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 3 million people visited 125 different places across China during the celebration.

This year’s chaos is partly attributed to fog and a new checkpoint in Beijing, which reduced the amount of lanes on the motorway from 50 to about 20.

Drone footage captured the gridlock on what is already known as one of the country’s busiest roads: the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway.

However, China has made international headlines for traffic jams in the past.

In 2012, thousands took advantage of free road travel after politicians suspended motorway tolls. In 2010, motorists were stranded on roads for nine days.

So, how do people pass the time in situations like this?

Last year, drivers stranded in the motorway on England’s M5 were treated to an impromptu concert by a string quartet.

In Istanbul, one man took the time to propose to his fiancé.

 

 

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