Remember how some moms (mine never did) used to tell their kids to eat all their food because a kid in China was going hungry?
Well, here in NJ we complain about the turnpike, but they’re having a 62-mile traffic jam in China:
China’s nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km
Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days and highlights China’s growing road congestion woes.
The Beijing-Tibet expressway slowed to a crawl on August 14 due to a spike in traffic by cargo-bearing heavy trucks heading to the capital, and compounded by road maintenance work that began five days later, the Global Times said.
The good-old entrepeneurs went to it,
The state-run newspaper said the jam between Beijing and Jining city had given birth to a mini-economy with local merchants capitalising on the stranded drivers’ predicament by selling them water and food at inflated prices.
This is what a traffic jam to Inner Mongolia looks like:
Pretty much like the Turnpike, only slower and with different signs.
UPDATE, Wednesday 25 August
Oh, for Thomas Friedman to be in China for a day