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A traffic jam lasted lasted for more than 10 days, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day.


Getting stuck in a traffic jam for 10 days is the biggest nightmare which I could ever think of. But for those who got stranded in the congestion could not do anything and for some it became the reason to earn well and flourish the business. The whole story is about the biggest traffic blockage between China National Highway G110 and Beijing-Tibet expressway, in Hebei and Inner Mongolia, which took place on 14 August 2010. The jam slackened down thousands of vehicles in a gridlock that stretched for more than 100 km. Many drivers could move only 1 km per day (0.6 mile) and some could not move more than 0.2 miles per day. Local sellers took full advantage of the situation and started selling the basic needs at inflated prices.

The reason behind this huge traffic jam were the heavy coal trucks heading towards Beijing, along with National highway’s maintenance work which was in progress. The repair work was a necessary task to be done as an increase in cargo lorries using the freeway, after huge collieries were exposed in Inner Mongolia.

It was not for the first time, but this National Highway connecting cities is often congested and known as world’s busiest road. Few drivers said that they were already prepared for such situation as they have faced the same jam for 3 to 4 days before. For others it was a worst situation face during lifetime.

It was blessing in disguise for native villagers and road side seller, who took full advantage of the traffic jam. They started selling noodles, rice, meal boxes, pork, vegetables, and water, at huge prices. A water bottle which usually cost 1 Yuan, was sold for 10 Yuan that day. The trapped drivers spent their time by playing cards and chess, walking, talking, and sleeping. People had no idea when the road will clear and they spent huge money on eatables which was more expensive than eating in a restaurant.

From past few years the traffic jam in China had grown by 40% which has heavily contributed to traffic jam and other such incidents. The traffic volume at the time of the instance was 60% more than the plan capacity. China’s state mass media informed that the ruling classes were trying to ease the overcrowding by permitting more wagons into Beijing at night. They also asked the truck enterprises to interrupt maneuvers or take substitute routes.