October 2, 2012
Home for the holidays? Not so fast
This week all of China celebrates National Day with a seven day holiday. People are encouraged to travel, see the sites, and visit their families.
We stay home. And with good reason and more reasons.
This year in an attempt to "alleviate holiday road congestion" all freeways are actually free. Gone are the nominal tolls on Chinese highways to cars with seven seats or less. Get going. Go see your family. Hurry up what are you waiting for, the roads are free!
Not so fast my friend.
It seems everyone in China had the same idea. Instant congestion. Instant gridlock. Freeways became parking lots.
The complete story about this crazy holiday travel is found in the China Daily. It was so bad that "portable toilets were set up at several sections of the highways leading out of Shanghai in order to provide relief for long-suffering drivers and their passengers."1
Funny, it's never stopped them before.
1 "Gridlock as tolls are waived for holiday," China Daily. Published October 1, 2012.