Road traffic increased 200 to 300 percent from its normal volume this holiday period.
Across the nation, drivers were stuck on highways, many choosing to sit out the wait along the roadside.
An October 3 report showed nearly 5,000 vehicles sitting in a massive traffic jam on the Guangshaan section of the Beijing-Kunming Expressway. A Chengdu resident driving to Xi'an on the second day of the holiday complained that he had traveled a mere 10 kilometers in five hours. Six hours later and 20 kilometers later, he had finally reached the border of Shaanxi province.
Local villagers saw their golden (week) opportunity and rushed to boil eggs and buy wholesale instant noodle packs, clambering onto the highway selling the snacks.
The heavy traffic on this 30-kilometer stretch of highway, which has no off-ramps, has appeared in the news every National Day holiday period since 2004.
The next day, this photo showed congestion at the entrance to the Chengdu Zoo, which received 30,000 visitors that day.
Tens of thousands of vehicles were stuck on a mountainous road between Kangding and the Xindu Bridge after a 60-ton truck collided with another vehicle. The truck blocked most of the roadspace, leaving a 10-meter-wide, sleet-covered strip on which other vehicles could pass. "I've never seen so many cars," said Kangding County traffic police chief Liu Xiaoming. Drivers and passengers spent the night in their cars on the road while over 50 police officers worked for more than 30 hours to clear the road, which lies 4,000 meters above sea level.