Two week traffic jam on China expressway
Truckers could be stranded for another two weeks: officials claim
Truckers in China have been waiting for almost ten days in a traffic jam that spans two provinces and stretches more than 100km.
Thousands of trucks bound for Beijing have been caught up in the jam, which officials estimate could last another two weeks because of construction work on the road.
In a similar scene on the China-Tibet Expressway in July, traffic was reduced to a crawl for nearly one month.
An publicity officer with the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau told state media on Sunday that the road could not accommodate the increasing amount of drivers between Beijing, China's capital, and the northern provinces of Heibei and Inner Mongolia.
"Insufficient traffic capacity on the National Expressway caused by maintenance construction is the major cause of the congestion," he said.
Drivers have been passing the time playing cards and eating instant noodles, which are being sold at a huge mark-up by crafty nearby villagers, who have moved towards the highway in an effort to profit from the traffic problems.
Others joke about the enduring congestion on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway - one of the busiest in the country - suggesting that concerts should be held by the side of the road to entertain stranded drivers.