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World's worst tailback? Thousands stranded in 50-lane traffic jam in China

David Kearns

Published 08/10/2015 | 09:33

Vehicles are seen stuck in a traffic jam near a toll station as people return home at the end of a week-long national day holiday Credit: China Daily (Reuters)
Vehicles are seen stuck in a traffic jam near a toll station as people return home at the end of a week-long national day holiday Credit: China Daily (Reuters)

Chinese drivers abandoned their cars in droves after thousands were left stranded when a fifty lane traffic jam shutdown a Beijing motorway.

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There were unbelievable scenes as millions of Chinese drivers took to the country's roads during a week of national celebration.

This incredible footage shot from a chopper in Beijing shows up to 50 lanes of the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway at a standstill as motorists queue up at the toll booths.

But the bigger bottleneck was a new checkpoint installed just after the toll booths that reduced the 50-lane freeway to around 20 lanes.

Drivers abandoned their cars in droves after thousands were left stranded Credit: China Daily (Reuters)
Drivers abandoned their cars in droves after thousands were left stranded Credit: China Daily (Reuters)

Thousands of cars queued across dozens of lanes as holidaymakers tried to make it home for the end of the week-long National Day festival, which commemorates the creation of the People's Republic of China.

The National Tourism Administration in China estimated that more than 750 million people (almost half the country’s population) would be traveling during the national holiday, known as the Golden Week.

More than 750 million people have gone on holiday during China's Golden Week Credit: China Daily (Reuters)
More than 750 million people have gone on holiday during China's Golden Week Credit: China Daily (Reuters)

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