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Drone captures jaw-dropping footage of unreal Chinese traffic jam

Maybe everyone should just stay home next year.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 8, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 8:17 pm CDT

With hundreds of millions people celebrating Chinese Golden Week, it makes sense there was a large traffic jam on a major highway near Beijing as the week of celebration wound down and normal life was set to return.

Kind of like when you’re hightailing it back home after a long Labor Day weekend of imbibing, and you get caught up in miles of traffic. Except this Chinese jam makes your three-day weekend traffic look like a police-escorted ride down a wide-open highway.

According to the People’s Daily Online, the drone footage was taken earlier this week on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, and the reason for the backup that reportedly went on about six miles was because of a new checkpoint that decreased the amount of traffic lanes from 50 to 20. Also, foggy weather reportedly played a big role. 

Also: tons of people on the road and rails. China’s National Tourism Administration said, via, that more than 750 million Chinese were on the roads for the holiday, occurring between Oct. 1 and 7.

Another look at traffic hell dubbed Carmageddon

So, that looks frustrating. Either way, though,, this traffic jam makes the Chris Christie-credited George Washington Bridge holdup of 2013 look like a languid Sunday-afternoon drive in the country.

H/T Laughing Squid | Screengrab via Sploid/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 8, 2015, 10:48 pm CDT