Longest Traffic Jam In The World

The China National Highway 110 traffic jam was a massive traffic jam that began to form on August 14, 2010, mostly on China National Highway 110 and Beijing–Tibet expressway , in Beijing, Hebei and Inner Mongolia.

The traffic jam slowed down thousands of vehicles for more than 100 kilometres (60 mi) and lasted for more than ten days.Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days.

The cause of this traffic jam was not only the huge number of cars in china but also because most of the highway was occupied by heavy trucks. The hassle gave birth the the mini economy with local merchants who started selling water,instant noodles &cigarettes  to the drivers. A bottle of water normally cost 1yuan, but on the highway it was sold for 10 yuan. 

Drivers also complained that the price of instant noodles had more than tripled. Some vendors created mobile stores on bicycles.Some drivers passed their time by playing cards while other were the victims of theft and extortion.

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_National_Highway_110_traffic_jam

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