Last week, new figures included in the the 2019 TomTom Traffic Index showed the most congested cities in China, with Chongqing again in the top spot. Traffic was an average of 41 percent backed up in the city (0 percent congestion being the free flow of traffic).
Congestion in Chongqing can also reach a morning peak of 80 percent and an evening peak of 86 percent. These numbers also earned the city 34th place in TomTom's global ranking, which is not great but still a lot better than the fourth place Chongqing reached in 2017. Second up is Southern megacity Guangzhou, which has also decreased congestion levels in the past two years, but slower than other cities, causing its rank within China to increase.
Capital Beijing coming in fifth, down from third place in 2017. In the global ranking this is the equivalent of losing more than 20 ranks - from rank 30 in 2018 to rank 51 in 2019.
China has been struggling with high congestion levels in the last decade, resulting from population growth in the cities and rising car ownership rates, but in recent years the country has been trying to tackle the problem by using license plate restrictions and expanding public transit, among others.