Beijing’s 9 Day Traffic Jam Creates Mini-Economy

Beijing’s 9 Day Traffic Jam Creates Mini-Economy

The epic congestion on the Beijing-Tibet expressway is turning into a spontaneous temporary community.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 24 august 2010

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.

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