Blog: Simon WarburtonIt'd be quicker to wok

Simon Warburton | 23 August 2010

Next time you happen to be stuck in a queue, spare a thought for the residents of Beijing, who have apparently just had to endure a nine-day traffic jam.

Motorists were caught up in an extraordinary 100km logjam that wasn't exactly helped by road works and broken-down cars on the Beijing-Tibet road.

China's phenomenal economic growth is all very well but consumers are going to start falling out of love with cars if they're constantly crawling or at a standstill.

However, one of the reasons for China's huge economic success is its resourceful population.

It appears local residents along the highway were offering noodles at four times the usual price to hungry truck drivers.

It's an ill wind...


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