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Beijing, ChinaOn the Beijing-Tibet Expressways just outside of Beijing, drivers were trapped in a 62-mile traffic jam that lasted over 12 days in August of 2010. Crawling along at a speed of just two miles per day, some drivers estimated that it took them three days to pass through the congestion.
The cause of the jam was due to not only the skyrocketing number of cars and drivers in China but also the heavy use of the route by trucks bringing construction supplies to Beijing. Interestingly enough, those construction supplies were for road work on the highway, a plan that intended to lessen the congestion and eliminate traffic jams.
A hassle to most, the traffic jam gave birth to a mini-economy with local merchants capitalizing on the drivers by selling water and food such as instant noodles at inflated prices. Some drivers passed time by playing cards, while others were victims of theft and extortion from the local residents.1 of 7
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