What it looks like when you’re stuck in traffic for five days

No one likes being stuck in traffic. NO ONE. Right now, we’re in the midst of a holiday, long weekend, so if you packed up your car and set off for a new destination, you probably found yourself in some devastating amount of traffic. Probably anywhere from like, one to three hours delayed, just hanging out in a car with your family, best friends, significant other, or all of the above. BUT, be thankfully that you weren’t stuck in the car with them for endless HOURS, like some passengers in Beijing, China. Can you even imagine?

This past week, China celebrated National Day and many hit the road to travel. Motorists traveling on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, which is one of the country’s biggest and busiest expressways, entered into what looks like eternal gridlock. There was a new checkpoint installed on the other side that turned the 50-lane highway (that is not a typo, we did not mean “5” lane highway, that is definitely a “50” you are reading) into a 20-lane highway, and just the idea of trying to merge across 50 lanes is giving me cold sweats.

But when you’re stuck in traffic, sometimes there is nowhere to exit. So these motorists waited. And waited. And waited some more. In the end, some were stuck on the expressway for middle of the afternoon till night. That is TOO LONG — especially on the return trip home from a holiday when everyone is already sad and cranky to get back to the workweek. The traffic jam lasted for about five full days. Yikes.

Describing the traffic is one thing, so you’ve really got to see it to believe it. Check out the video of the traffic jam below, and be thankful that Los Angeles/Boston/NYC/Chicago traffic is never THIS bad.

(Image via YouTube)