Chinese holidaymakers rest next to their cars as they are waiting in a long queue in a traffic jam on an expressway during the Mid-Autumn Festival and
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Date taken:30 September 2012
Chinese holidaymakers rest next to their cars as they are waiting in a long queue in a traffic jam on an expressway during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday in Shenzhen city, south Chinas Guangdong province, 30 September 2012. The first day of Chinas autumn holiday came to a snarling halt for motorists. Chinese officials estimate more than 85 million travelers hit the road on Sunday (30 September 2012), the first day of an eight-day holiday week, according to Chinas state-run media. Many drivers were trying to take advantage of a new policy that waives the toll on expressways during holidays, according to Xinhua. This could have helped boost road traffic by 13% compared with last years holiday, reported the news agency. Sunday was the official start of the Mid-Autumn Festival, an eight-day stretch of lunar festivities celebrated with family gatherings, meals and mooncakes, a traditional desert. Chinese officials estimate there will be 740 million trips throughout the holiday. Fueled by an increase of cars, motorists encountered long delays, as well as traffic accidents, including a collision of a tour bus on the Beijing-Tianjin highway that killed five Germans and one Chinese person Monday morning, as reported by Xinhua.