Thousands Of People Are Stuck In This Ridiculous Human Traffic Jam At A China Train Station

Thousands of People Are Stuck in This Ridiculous Human Traffic Jam at a China Train Station

People in China have been trying to travel across the country for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday but some — if tens of thousands of people can be considered just some — have been stuck in one of the most insane human traffic jams in the world at the Guangzhou Railway Station in southern China. CNN reports that 100,000 people were waiting earlier this week while 33,000 are still stuck as of Wednesday morning.

So many are stuck in this horrible jam because so many people are travelling over the holiday. Chinese authorities expect over 2.9 billion trips to be made during the Spring Festival holiday with 332 million being railway passengers. Many trains were delayed because of the winter weather.

Some of the photos of the human traffic jam are unfathomable:

Thousands of People Are Stuck in This Ridiculous Human Traffic Jam at a China Train Station

Image Credit: Xinhua News Agency / Getty Images

Thousands of People Are Stuck in This Ridiculous Human Traffic Jam at a China Train Station

Image Credit: ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images


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    A place with lots of people strains the public transport system, so?

    In Sydney, with significantly fewer people, the public transport system is always straining.

      there isnt much direct profit in public transport, so they dont really care, indirect social and economic benefits dont put money in the private companies pockets, ahh the wonders of capitalism

        That would make more sense if the railways in China and Sydney were privately run. Cityrail in Sydney is run at a loss by the state government. China being China, I doubt very much that the railways there are private.

        The reason for this sort of overflow in state-owned railways is that there's no real feedback mechanism for when the system overflows. Such as a market mechanism - but the market mechanism doesn't work well in accounting for positive externalities.

    Looks the same as getting in and out of Subiaco Oval during footy season.

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