Beijing’s 9 Day Traffic Jam Creates Mini-Economy
The epic congestion on the Beijing-Tibet expressway is turning into a spontaneous temporary community.
With a population of over 1.3 billion, China’s urban areas are no stranger to traffic congestion. The latest jam on the Beijing-Tibet expressway has reached epic proportions, stretching one-hundred kilometres. Expected to last around nine days, the slow-moving traffic is a result of road maintenance and an increase in cargo-carrying trucks. Roadside merchants have set up shop along the expressway to meet the needs of frustrated drivers, offering water and food products far-above market price.