Over 1,200 new cars hit Beijing streets every day

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According to the Agence France Presse, quoting Chinese state media agency Xinhua this past weekend, more than 1,200 new cars every single day. According to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, there were 261,000 new vehicles registered in the first half of 2009.

That’s a nine percent increase from the first half of 2008.

Given how fast China is booming, and sucking down energy faster than it can build power plants, traffic in Beijing must be horrendous.

According to the same Chinese government agency, around one of three Beijing residents has a driver’s license. Sadly, that office didn’t say how many illegal drivers there must be.

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