JASON STEIN
In Shanghai, gridlock all over the welcome mat

Jason Stein is editor of Automotive News

When it comes to traffic, the world's largest car market has officially arrived at a world-class level for auto show congestion.

Automotive News | April 18, 2011 - 11:01 pm EST

When it comes to traffic, the world's largest car market has officially arrived at a world-class level for auto show congestion.

By 8 am Tuesday, a good hour before the doors officially opened in Shanghai, there was no indication that the Chinese were ready for the thousands of media that had descended upon this smoggy, hazy place.

The lineup of cars and coaches - across 8 lanes - stretched for miles along the route leading to the Auto Shanghai. Gridlock. Chinese style.

In Shanghai, the lineup of cars and coaches stretched for miles along the route leading to the city's big auto show. Photo credit: JASON STEIN

Frustrated show goers left their buses and walked on the highway. Cars honked horns. Merging traffic couldn't merge.

The world has come to Shanghai. It doesn't appear totally ready.

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