Due to extremely heavy fog causing low visibility last night, ferry services on the Qiongzhou Strait were cancelled.
Meaning the thousands of cars, coaches, buses and lorries needing to using the service – which is a major gateway to Hainan – were stuck.
And the number of people waiting in or outside of the three Haikou ports just built up and up and up.
In total, an estimated 100,000 people were forced to spend the night in the queue.
The ferry services reopened today, however the backlog of vehicles is far from sorted.
Due to a freighter and a passenger ship colliding during the night, there are still some delays.
Speaking to Xinhuanet, Gu Gang, executive vice mayor of Haikou, said: ‘We are working with the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong to ensure the shipping route operates normally.’
Fu Yingying, who used the service to go on holiday, said she was left stranded as a result of the closures.
She said: ‘It’s the first time my family has travelled during the Spring Festival holiday. It’s also an unexpected experience.’
She and her family are still in the queue.
The Haikou city government also issued a notice last night asking workers who use the route to ‘take the day off’ to help reduce traffic.
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