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Hailing in Vain: Beijing’s Taxicab Crisis

Anyone who has spent time in Beijing in recent years knows how difficult it can be to flag down a cab in the massive metropolis, especially during the city’s infamously congested rush hours. One reason for the apparent...

Coldest Winter in 28 Years Hits China

The cold front that hit southern China a week ago is likely to continue, creating pressure on the country’s transportation systems. Liza Lin at Bloomberg reports: Snow, ice and fog have caused havoc on the nation’s roads...

Minibus Accident Leaves 10 Dead, 10 Injured

After a bus crash that left 11 schoolchildren dead in Jiangxi, another accident involving an overloaded minibus killed ten people, five of whom were children, from The South China Morning Post: At least 10 people, including five...

Holiday Hordes: Good for the Economy?

CDT previously reported on China’s super rich still going all out with their Golden Week travel plans. The Wall Street Journal reports Golden Week hordes may be a good sign for the economy: A total of 34.2 million tourists...

Toll-free Holiday Traffic Ends in Gridlock

As China commenced a week-long National Day vacation known as Golden Week, authorities decided to do car travelers a favor and make the roads toll-free. With train tickets for the long holiday selling out fast, and an increasing...

Beijing to Track Citizens with Their Cell Phones

Ostensibly to control traffic congestion, Chinese authorities is unveiling a new plan to track residents via their cell phones. From Thenextweb: Purportedly to improve Beijing’s public travel and reduce traffic congestion, the...

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 to Have 200 Million Vehicles by 2020

China’s recent marathon traffic jams may be a sign of things to come. From AFP: The number of vehicles on China’s roads will more than double to at least 200 million by 2020, a top official was quoted Monday as...

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