Insane Traffic Jam in China Hits Day 9

    Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guomao Bridge in Beijing July 11, 2013. Eight more cities in China, the world's biggest auto market, are likely to announce policies restricting new vehicle purchases, an official at the automakers association said, as Beijing tries to control air pollution. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX11JQC

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    Talk about a traffic nightmare. Thousands of cars en route to Beijing have been lined up for nine days spanning 100 kilometers long, without signs of clearing up, Xinhua News reported Monday. The initial backup was reportedly due to "insufficient traffic capacity … caused by maintenance construction," according to a spokesman for the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, and could now last for weeks. Roadside vendors are capitalizing on the situation by increasing their prices during the jam. One truck driver reportedly caved and bought instant noodles for four times the original price.

    Editor's note: The traffic jam described in this news summary occured in August 2010.

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