December 30th, 2010
03:25 PM GMT
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BEIJING, China - If you have been to Beijing recently, chances are you have had to sit in frustrating, mind-numbing traffic. The Chinese capital's traffic stats, based on official figures and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, say it all:

* Record traffic jams in one day: 143

* Average commuting time: 52 minutes

* Number of cars on the road in 2010: 4.7 million

The number of automobiles has doubled since 2005 and, as Beijingers become wealthier, so more people in the Chinese capital want their own set of wheels. The city's roads haven't been able to cope, so the government has decided to crack down hard on the congestion.


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