Beijing traffic jam

Beijing traffic jam

Drone footage shows vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on Tuesday near a toll station in Beijing.

Hundreds of cars can be seen lining up across traffic lanes as they queue for hours to enter the capital.

The gridlock was reportedly caused by a combination of foggy weather and the huge influx of travellers returning home from a week of holiday for China’s national day.

The jam happened during the end of one of the busiest tourist events of the year, according to The People’s Daily.

Patience is essential: The shocking scene was one of the many traffic nightmares across the country yesterday. Motorways in Shanghai and Nanjing also saw serious congestion

Patience is essential: The shocking scene was one of the many traffic nightmares across the country yesterday. Motorways in Shanghai and Nanjing also saw serious congestion

According to USA Today, millions of tourists made trips around the country to celebrate China’s week-long National Day getaway, likely adding to the congested roadways.

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Known as the ‘Golden Week’, the Chinese National Day celebration witnesses an explosion in tourism every year. It’s one of the few opportunities for people to get time off work and enjoy a long-distance holiday.

China’s National Tourism Administration estimated that more than 750 million Chinese would be on the move between October 1 and 7, which is half of the nation’s population.

The figure marks a 6.1 year-on-year increase.

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This region of the world is no stranger to these ridiculous traffic jams, especially on national highways. In 2010, gridlock spanning more than 74 miles on the stretch between the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Beijing left drivers with nowhere to go for a staggering 12 days. That time blame fell on everything from road construction to broken down cars and fender-benders.

To pass time, people played cards to pass the time while nearby vendors took the opportunity to sell food and water at premium prices. “If you said ‘no’ or complained about the price they threaten to break your [wind]shields,” one driver told the Inner Mongolia Morning Post.

In 2012, the government’s decision to grant free road travel during the same national holiday turned 24 motorways in 16 provinces into a massive parking lot with more than 85 million people stuck in their cars.