Date
22 August 2017
Shanghai had the worst traffic congestion among all Chinese cities in the second quarter, according to a report by AutoNavi. Photo: Reuters
Shanghai had the worst traffic congestion among all Chinese cities in the second quarter, according to a report by AutoNavi. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai tops list of cities with worst traffic jams

Motorists and commuters in Shanghai faced the worst traffic congestion among all Chinese cities in the second quarter, according to a report released by digital map provider AutoNavi.

Shanghai citizens encountered an average of 15.73 minutes of traffic jam each time they went out, the report said.

Hangzhou was second, Beijing the third, followed by Shenzhen in fourth place and Guangzhou fifth.

Residents in some metropolitan areas have to spend at least twice the time normally needed to go from one place to another because of serious road traffic jams. In some second-tier cities, traffic conditions are even worse because of the improper design and management of public transportation systems and concentrated business districts.

The worst traffic jams usually occur during public holidays such as the Dragon Boat Festival or Labor Day. Monday mornings and Friday nights are the worst time for commuters.

Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shengyang, Beijing, Shenzhen and Fuzhou are on the top 10 lists of cities with the worst traffic jams for both the first and second quarter. 

For the second quarter, the latest cities to make it to the list are Chongqing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Jinan, easing out Nanjing, Wuhan, Dongguan and Changsha.

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