Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Traffic Jam Enters Ninth Day

If you think you've got it bad, think of the poor bastards who are currently entering their 9th day stuck in a 100km long traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway in China! Yes, you understood correctly. Nine days confined to your car with not a single toilet in sight. Shit!

Apparently, hundreds of cars and trucks on their way to Beijing have been at a standstill because of roadworks in the capital. Drivers have been playing chess or cards, with some joking "concerts should be held at each congested area every weekend, to alleviate drivers' homesickness".

Local residents have even been benefiting from the jam by selling food and drink to the car owners, which has pissed some people off because the vendors have been making a small fortune by overcharging drivers for such essential items as noodles and hot water.

It's hoped that the roadworks will be completed by the end of September. Yes, the end of September! :-)

Niu Fengrui, director of the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said that poor road planning was part of the problem. Duuuh!!!


Unknown said...

The photo is fake. It's a heavily photoshopped image of the 405 in Los Angeles. Proof here: http://www.bricoleurbanism.org/whimsicality/when-photoshop-is-so-good-its-bad/

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