Incredible photos have captured contrasting holiday traffic on a city’s toll road during the often congested Chinese New Year period.

The snaps taken in the city of Chengdu, capital of south-western China’s Sichuan Province, show how thousands of drivers and their families queued for hours to leave the metropolis in the days leading up to the celebration.


But the heavy traffic at the numerous toll booths will repeat themselves once the break ends at the end of this week and every returns for work.


The pictures, which have now gone viral on Chinese social media, shows the side of the motorway leading into the city of Chengdu almost completely deserted, while outbound drivers comprise several thousands.


According to traditional practices during Chinese New Year, the day before the turn of the year is spent at the home of the husband’s family, with couples and their children visiting the wife’s side on the first day of the Lunar New Year.


The remainder of the days are left for the family to enjoy quality time together, which can be rare during the competitive working months before and after Chinese New Year.


Statistics released by the Chinese government suggested that, during the 40-day Chinese New Year travel period, a total of 2.978 billion trips are expected to be made by citizens across the country.


The figure is up 2.2 percent from 2016, with 84.7 percent of that total comprised of families who will be using the national motorways in private cars or coaches.


Author: Scott Feng

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