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Beijing Hand-Pulled Ferry To Beat The Traffic Jam
Residents of Yanjiao say a backwater crossing save hours (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 302)
Mar 23, 2017 World News
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The capital of China is famous for its huge traffic jams. In the most notorious case, cars and trucks stretched for 96km in gridlock that lasted more than 10 days in 2010. To bypass the oppressive traffic congestion in the Chinese capital, Beijing, car owners from neighbouring town have turned to a traditional river ferry crossing to commute to the city, the Beijing Youth Daily reports.

A ferry that crosses the 50-metre-wide Chaobai river has gained increasing traction online in recent days after more drivers sought ways to bypass the traffic horrors between Beijing and Hebei province.

It first came to light after a social media user, Wang Bin, shared his experience online of driving into the city from Yanjiao. Instead of taking the highway, Wang crossed the Chaobai river, which divides Beijing and Hebei, on the ferry.

The ferry's operator, Li Lian, said he has been crossing the river for more than 30 years and is the fourth generation of his family working to operate the ferry. Li works with another partner, each working 12 hour shifts and charging 10 yuan (£1.15) per trip, an amount that brings him a modest 3,000 yuan (£350) a month.

Wang said that the traffic jam at the Baimiao checkpoint can easily waste travellers more than an hour during rush hour. Meanwhile, it only takes 10 minute to cross the river, although the narrow vessel can only carry one vehicle at a time. The report said some 300,000 people commute between Beijing and Yanjiao every day.

The ferry is essentially a raft made of two small metal boats sharing a timber deck. The vessel has no engine, so Li pulls manually by a metal cord stretched across the river.

"People have no alternative route into the city except coming to me," Li commented.

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not long ago


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