I'm currently reading Peter Hessler's wonderful Country Driving, about Hessler's travels (driving a rented car) around rural China.
So I had a certain 'deja vu' sensation when I read the recent reports about the massive traffic jams in China on National Highway 110 which leads west from Beijing. Isn't that the road the Hessler drove, I thought? Sure enough, it is.
Hessler's book is fascinating, and very well written. Give it a try, if you're looking for that next book to read.
Update: Over on BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker has some nice updated links.