The China Post news staff
The Chinese New Year traffic jam started early yesterday on the National Freeway, with lines of cars blocking up highways south of Taichung to Changhua. According to National Freeway Bureau statistics as of 11:40 a.m. yesterday, National Highway No. 1 from Taichung to Changhua was moving at 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. On National Highway No. 3, from Changhua to Wu-rih, vehicles were at a standstill, while traffic was backed up all the way along the northbound on National Highway No. 5. An accident was a major cause in slowing down highway traffic; the National Highway Police Bureau reported a collision between two small motor vehicles at 8:45 a.m. on National Highway No. 3, which was not resolved until 9:15 a.m., exacerbating the traffic jam for up to five kilometers. Many travelers flocked toward the Tainan region, where the good weather opened up many outdoor attractions for tourists. The Tainan City Government recommended, aside from the usual sites such as temples and historical relics, that travelers take advantage of the fair weather by checking out the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area. The southern city sees hordes of tourists every Chinese New Year, with the various temples and popular tourist site Anping Fort often overcrowded; The nice weather this year has served as a great travel incentive and increased the total number of visitors. The Tainan City Government encourages travelers to use public transportation to decrease the likelihood of traffic jams; the No. 88 and No. 99 bus are convenient routes that make stops at all must-see locations such as the Chikan Tower, Fort Zeelandia and the old streets.