During the holiday's close, many Chinese return from visits to their hometowns. Traffic police tried to ease gridlock. Given the volume of cars, congestion still took place.
A traffic jam nearly 20 kilometers long slowed motorists on the west-east and north-south sides of the northern beltway in Hefei at the junction of G40 Shanghai-Shannxi Motorway and G3 Beijing-Taipei Motorway. Vehicles heading from Hefei to Wuhu also moved slowly for more than 10 kilometers near the Longxi junction of Hefei-Wuhu Motorway. Some drivers were stuck for more than two hours.
The Yuhua Road Exit (Shijiazhuang) of Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Motorway was overcrowded as well.
Traffic in Hefei made the highway look like a parking lot. Movement stopped long enough for some people to get out of their cars.
Motorists made slow progress for many kilometers in the congestion.
A bird's-eye view shows lines of cars extending off into the distance.
Rows of cars wait to pass through the toll gate.