Beijing has earned the dubious accolade of being named China’s most congested city.
According to a report published online by map purveyor Amap, Beijing came top of a list featuring 45 major cities. Beijing reportedly has a “congestion delay index” of 2.06 during peak hours, with drivers crawling through the streets of the capital at a speed of 22.61km per hour.
The smaller cities of Jinan in Shandong and Harbin in Heilongjiang took second and third place respectively, while the metropolis of Shanghai emerged in seventh place.
Amap also singled out Guangzhou, Chengdu, Changsha, Zhengzhou and Hangzhou, stating that traffic conditions in these cities are becoming increasingly worse.
The findings suggest a reversal of fortunes for Shanghai, which in 2014 was named the most congested city in China by a separate report compiled by navigation service provider AutoNavi.
If rush hour traffic is getting you down at least there’s always the subway, which in Shanghai is expanding rapidly.
By Pinky Latt
[Images via CCTV / Amap]