The number of Chinese travelers hitting the highways soared to 85
million by Sunday afternoon, in part because, for the first time in more than a decade, tolls were waived on most
expressways for passenger cars.
The announcement of the new policy was initially applauded by private-car owners.
But from the early-morning hours of the first day of the holiday,
highway travelers around the country reported traffic jams and gridlock, many by posting announcements and photos on their Weibo accounts.
Photos have been circulating around the Internet of people playing tennis, doing pushups, walking their dogs, and commiserating with other drivers and passengers on the highways while they waited for traffic to clear.
"We are making a world record of stupidity by launching this policy," remarked director of the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University Li Daokui on Weibo.
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