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China's Massive Traffic Jam Could Last for Weeks (10 Days And 60 Miles Long)
Asian Correspondent ^ | 8/24/2010 | Asian Correspondent

Posted on 08/24/2010 10:56:34 AM PDT by Dallas59



A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won't be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.

Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 60 miles (100 kilometers) with cars moving little more than a half-mile (one kilometer) a day at one point has improved since this weekend, said Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city's Traffic Management Bureau general office.

But he said he wasn't sure when the situation along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway would return to normal.

The traffic jam started Aug. 14 on a stretch of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway. That section has frequently been congested, especially after large coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia, Zhang said. Traffic volume has increased 40 percent every year.

Drivers stranded in the gridlock in the Inner Mongolia region and Hebei province, headed toward Beijing, passed the time sleeping, walking around, or playing cards and chess. Local villagers were doing brisk business selling instant noodles, boxed lunches and snacks, weaving between the parked trucks on bicycles.

The highway construction in Beijing that is restricting inbound traffic flow and causing the jam "will not be finished until Sept. 17," he said.

Authorities were trying to speed up traffic by allowing more trucks to enter Beijing, especially at night, Zhang said. They also asked trucking companies to suspend operations and advised drivers to take alternate routes.

China's roadways are increasingly overburdened as the number of private vehicles booms along with commercial truck traffic hauling materials like coal and food to cities. Traffic slowdowns because of construction and accidents are common, though a 10-day traffic jam is unusual even in China.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: china; gridlock; traffic

1 posted on 08/24/2010 10:56:37 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

The epitome of gridlock.


2 posted on 08/24/2010 10:57:43 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Dallas59

It could only happen there with all those old chinese drivers.


3 posted on 08/24/2010 10:59:37 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Dallas59

” Local villagers were doing brisk business selling instant noodles, boxed lunches and snacks, weaving between the parked trucks on bicycles.”

...it’s good to see free enterprise blossoming...and the beauty part is that it’s a fast CASH business...no paperwork!


4 posted on 08/24/2010 11:00:13 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Dallas59

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk

You’ll never walk
You’ll never walk alone.


5 posted on 08/24/2010 11:00:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Chump Obama promised "Change" and we got chump change.)
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To: Dallas59

Looks like I-95 in my commuter days.


6 posted on 08/24/2010 11:01:17 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Dallas59

It would get even worse if I was there, when they realized my car wasn’t moving because I blew my head off.


7 posted on 08/24/2010 11:01:43 AM PDT by Flightdeck (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: Amberdawn

Some parts of I77 & 85 around Charlotte too.


8 posted on 08/24/2010 11:02:28 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Dallas59

Ah, the legendary efficiency of Maoist communism in action. Are we sure these are the same people who made that really cool shovel?


9 posted on 08/24/2010 11:02:36 AM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: Dallas59

Somebody needs to put those Disneyland signs out “from this point you are 3 weeks from the city”.


10 posted on 08/24/2010 11:05:05 AM PDT by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Dallas59
Message to China: Railroads!
11 posted on 08/24/2010 11:05:21 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: wally_bert

12 posted on 08/24/2010 11:08:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Dallas59

When I was kid growing up in Northern Va, a friend and I once cooked 200 hot dogs, wrap them in foil and put them in white styrofoam coolers. We strapped them to our bikes and sold them at $2 a piece on 95 when it was gridlocked. No condiments, no soda, just hot dogs. We cleared about $360 in 1 hour!


13 posted on 08/24/2010 11:10:55 AM PDT by albie
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To: Dallas59

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=25684


14 posted on 08/24/2010 11:11:05 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Red Badger

I was just at “South of the Border” 2 weeks ago! “You Never Sausage A Place”.


15 posted on 08/24/2010 11:11:53 AM PDT by albie
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To: Dallas59

At least the traffic there moves faster than lines at the US Post Office. I can’t wait for Obamacare to kick in.


16 posted on 08/24/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Dallas59

Did we unwittingly send them our VDOT engineers? (Virginia)


17 posted on 08/24/2010 11:12:04 AM PDT by republicangel
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To: Dallas59

How they gonna go to the bathroom?


18 posted on 08/24/2010 11:14:24 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: albie

I use to travel up and down I-95 lots. Pedro was my friend.....................


19 posted on 08/24/2010 11:15:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Dallas59

ummmmmmmm....

get some welding torches and slice through the guardrail and send them off the other way

gone in a couple of hours


20 posted on 08/24/2010 11:23:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: Red Badger

LOL
Havent seen those signs for years.


21 posted on 08/24/2010 11:23:28 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Dallas59

That picture looks like I-35 on a Sunday Morning...


22 posted on 08/24/2010 11:25:08 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Dallas59

Wow, and I hated the Norfolk, VA tunnel traffic. It was a bummer to take an hour and a half to make a 10 mile drive, but that traffic has nothing on this China travesty. I’m surprised they’re not reporting riots.


23 posted on 08/24/2010 11:26:18 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Dallas59

Communist urban planning.


24 posted on 08/24/2010 11:34:32 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Dallas59

Waiting for the Cheerleaders for Communist China...and the Liberal Globalists....to spin this one. NiHao. Chairman Mao...


25 posted on 08/24/2010 11:38:14 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: Mr. K

That was my first thought too after reading the headline and seeing the photo. Sometimes after listening to the news I get concerned about the success of China, etc. Then I see a story like this!


26 posted on 08/24/2010 11:38:32 AM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: Signalman
How they gonna go to the bathroom?

Perhaps we should find old Fotomat employees and ask what they did.

27 posted on 08/24/2010 11:59:09 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Waiting for the Cheerleaders for Communist China...and the Liberal Globalists....to spin this one. NiHao. Chairman Mao...

No problem.

A. China's 1978 auto production - about 150,000 vehicles/yr

B. China's estimated 2010 auto production - estimated to be about 17,000,000.

People throughout China like the second option better. Which should be obvious.

However, I'm sure you like the first option better for China. And, after reading some of your past posts, its obvious to me why you like option "A", better.

The issue for many like yourself, isn't about the number of cars on Beijing's freeway (I personally don't believe you care one way or another). There is a certain segment of the American public that simply don't want to see the rise of China. Regardless of the means of getting there, whether the means are legitimate or not.

The fact that you take an everday occurence, i.e., a traffic jam, to invite a political statement, conveys you are really pissed off about China's rise. But then again, that is what you are conveying overall on the FR.

How do you like my spin? :)

28 posted on 08/24/2010 12:18:02 PM PDT by ponder life
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Just as a side note, I maybe over inflating the 1978 auto production numbers, but I’m certainly not over inflating the 2010 auto production estimate.


29 posted on 08/24/2010 12:20:19 PM PDT by ponder life
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