A cleaner picks up waste on the roadside of a...

A cleaner picks up waste on the roadside of a jammed section of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway in Huailai, in north China's Hebei province, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. The massive traffic jam that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won't be finished until the middle of next month, an official said. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) Credit: AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won't be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.

Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 60 miles on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway has improved since this weekend, said a local spokesman. Some drivers have been stuck in the jam for five days, China Central Television reported.

A 10-day jam is unusual even for the overburdened roadways of China and is a metaphor for a nation that sometimes chokes on its own breakneck growth.

Drivers stuck in the gridlock passed the time sleeping, walking around, or playing cards and chess. Local villagers were selling food, weaving between the parked trucks on bicycles.

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