Traffic Jams Turn China's Highways Into 'Parking Lots' as Chinese New Year Holiday Ends
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Traffic Jams Turn China's Highways Into 'Parking Lots' as Chinese New Year Holiday Ends

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.

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