Congestion diary: And you thought we had it bad. . .

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Next time you’re sighing or beating your steering wheel over some mammoth traffic jam on your way into Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. or other American city, consider this: Two successive 60-plus-mile traffic jams, some lasting more than an entire week, have plagued the Beijing-Tibet Expressway into China’s capital city in the past month, highlighting some congestion woes that, well, make our own seem piddly.

The second of the big jams, Reuters reported, was led by big coal trucks, their numbers approaching an estimated 10,000 in the first week of September. They were coming from the interior of the Mongolian region, where much of China’s coal is mined. It followed a large, 60-mile jam that AP reported on a week prior. For photographic scenes from the jams, follow this link to AP and Reuters photos from Chinese roadways.