A new traffic congestion report released by AutoNavi, a navigation service provider in China, has placed Shanghai ahead of Beijing as the most congested city in the country.
The report has come as somewhat of a surprise, considering Beijing also fell behind Hangzhou to stand third in the ranking, CRI reports.
The ranking was based on a “delay index” worked out through analyzing the data collected from devices mainly installed on taxis and transporters that can record a vehicle’s speed, location and driving direction.
The index for Shanghai was 2.16, 2.1 for Hangzhou and 2.09 for Beijing.
An index reading of 2.0 indicates one would spend twice as much time on a trip as on a normal day.
Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Shenyang, Chengdu and Jinan were also on the top-ten list.