Beijing Ranks 15th in World's Worst Rush Hour Traffic

By Justine Lopez, February 21, 2017

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We’ve all been there before. We just got off work. We rush outside and hop into a taxi hoping that we’ll actually be on time for those dinner plans we made. We're cruising along feeling uncharacteristically optimistic, and then it happens... we see those dreaded red brake lights ahead of us. In the snap of a finger we’re at a standstill, sitting in one of Beijing’s notorious traffic jams for what feels like (or quite possibly will be) hours.  

Well, take solace in the fact that we’re not the only ones in the world coping with horrendous rush hour traffic jams. According to a study released by GPS manufacturer TomTom, Beijing ranks 15th on the list for the world’s worst rush hour traffic, CNN reports.

READ MORE: Hooray, Beijing No Longer China's Most Traffic-Riddled City

The company’s list of the 15 worst cities for rush hour traffic was compiled from data collected over the past year in 390 cities in 48 countries around the world. 

In case you just happen to be reading this while sitting in traffic, and you want to feel just a little bit better about Beijing’s traffic woes, here are the 2017 rankings for the world’s worst rush hour traffic.

Overall, the top 15 cities were as follows: 

1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Mexico City, Mexico
3. Bucharest, Romania
4. Jakarta, Indonesia
5. Moscow, Russia
6. Chongqing, China
7. Istanbul, Turkey
8. St. Petersburg, Russia
9. Zhuhai, China
10. Santiago, Chile
11. Guangzhou, China
12. Shijiazhuang, China
13. Shenzhen, China
14. Los Angeles, U.S.
15. Beijing, China

And the top nine in Asia:

1. Bangkok, Thailand (1st overall)
2. Jakarta, Indonesia (4th)
3. Chongqing, China (6th)
4. Istanbul, Turkey (7th)
5. Zhuhai, China (9th)
6. Guangzhou, China (11th)
7. Shijiazhuang, China (12th)
8. Shenzhen, China (13th)
9. Beijing, China (15th)

And the top six in China:

1. Chongqing, China (6th)
2. Zhuhai, China (9th)
3. Guangzhou, China (11th)
4. Shijiazhuang, China (11th)
5. Shenzhen, China (13th)
6. Beijing, China (15th)

[Image via China Daily]

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