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Look At This Terrifying 50-Lane Traffic Jam In China

This is what happens when millions of people return from holiday and try to get back into Beijing at the same time.

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The cars were gridlocked on Tuesday on the Beijing–Hong Kong–Macau Expressway, near the border with Hong Kong, following the end of a week-long national holiday.

Millions of Chinese tourists travelled to scenic destinations during the "Golden Week" celebrations – and then travelled home again, causing all the traffic.

【空中拍攝中國黃金週“回潮”遊客】一下交通堵塞的情況為2015年10月6號空中拍攝的北京﹣香港﹣澳門特快通道的景象。在10月1開始的國慶黃金週即將結束之際,家家戶戶都已準備結束出行向家中歸趕。交通管制部門數據顯示有7.5億人口流動。

You would need an extreme amount of patience to get through this.

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And that's only mild by Chinese traffic jam standards.

A tailback on the 110 Expressway between Beijing and Inner Mongolia in 2010 lasted 12 days and stretched 60 miles.

Some motorists were stranded for five days and 400 police officers were brought in to keep tempers in check.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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