CHINA

Chinese travelers dodge traffic by paying for shortcuts

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Hundreds of millions of people in China travel home to spend the Lunar New Year holidays with their families every year. This huge migration – the world’s biggest – causes massive headaches for travelers, many of whom spend hours trapped in gridlock, often getting out of the cars to stretch, chat or play games with others on the freeway. Many shared their photos of these strange scenes on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter:

Some, however, try to leave the freeways to find shortcuts - only to find they have to pay a price. In this widely shared video, locals ask drivers to pay a fee to pass through their village, according to the uploader.

It’s unknown how much the villagers charged for this “service”, but it’s sure to give other would-be entrepreneurs some bright ideas as the holiday period comes to a close and travelers return home…