Beijing traffic

Beijing Embraces Car-Free Day in Traffic Jams

With the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holiday period in full-swing, Beijing traffic has come to a standstill, even as the city promoted a “car-free day” on Wednesday. From China Daily: “I don’t...

China Traffic Jam Stretches ‘Nine Days, 100km’

BBC reports: A massive traffic jam in China has slowed vehicles to a crawl for nine days near Beijing, local media say. Vehicles, mostly lorries bound for Beijing, are in a queue for about 100km (62 miles) because of heavy...

Campaign to Boost Cycling in Beijing

From The Guardian: After wrestling for years with Beijing’s appalling traffic and pollution problems, city planners have come up with a distinctly old-fashioned solution: bicycles. Municipal officials want to boost the...

Mark MacKinnon: A Police State Without Traffic Police

Mark MacKinnon of the Globe and Mail blogs about the life-threatening experience of riding in a Beijing taxi: The only thing more dangerous than being in a Beijing taxi is daring to cross the street in front of one. After 10...

Beijing to Restrict Vehicles on Road During Games

From Xinhua: Beijing is to ban vehicles with even and odd-numbered license plates on alternate days from July 20 to Sep. 20 to help improve the air quality for the Olympic Games, the city has announced. Exceptions to the...

Olympic Traffic Depicted in Film

In preparation for the Olympics, new taxis, buses and an extended subway are being developed in Beijing, where an estimated 3.1 million motor vehicles hit the road in 2007. Documentary filmmaker, Miao Wang followed three taxi...

Beijing Traffic Lesson: Left Turn – Henry B

Henry B is a former journalist and current associate creative director for a Minneapolis-based web media company. He published this highly entertaining post about traffic in Beijing on his So I’m Going To China blog: As I may have mentioned before, traffic in Beijing is its own art form. The city is adding thousands of […]

Cars Stay Away But Beijing Smog Remains – Nick Mulvenney

From Reuters: Traffic flowed more smoothly but the sun was still shrouded by smog on Monday, the fourth and final day of Beijing’s Olympic pollution prevention test. To see if the city’s poor air quality could be improved at least temporarily during next August’s Games, the Chinese capital has taken up to 1.3 million cars […]

China Rolls Out Test Of Anti-Smog Plan – Peter Spiegel

From the Los Angeles Times: According to government statistics, Beijing now has a bit more than 3 million registered vehicles, which pump out an estimated 1.3 million tons of pollutants every year. Local environmental officials cite this as the primary reason behind the city’s ever-worsening air quality and the persistent haze that hovers over the […]



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