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Anyone who has spent any time in China’s main cities knows that traffic gridlock is a daily fact of life. But which city has the worst congestion? Online mapping company AutoNavi – which was acquired by Alibaba in February (see WiC226) – has released a new study based on its own data from 25 cities. Perhaps surprisingly, Beijing didn’t come top. In fact, it ranked third in the tailback stakes after Hangzhou (in second spot) and Shanghai.

As The Wall Street Journal points out, one city that isn’t in the top 10 is Wuhan. That surprised the newspaper as Wuhan has long suffered a reputation for some of the worst traffic. However, it appears that a building programme of elevated roads may have helped in the battle against chronic congestion. Meanwhile, rounding out the five worst Chinese cities for traffic are Chongqing (fourth) and Shenzhen (fifth).

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