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Most Congested Cities
   2015-04-07 15:45:50    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Qin Mei

Beijing has lived up to its reputation of congestion again, as it ranks No. 15 on a list of the world’s most congested cities in 2014.
北京道路拥堵问题真是名不虚传:在2014年全球最拥堵城市的排名中,北京名列第15名。

According to(根据...) a newly released report from GPS maker TomTom, in which the annual Traffic(交通) Index ranks over 200 cities worldwide, Beijing has a 37 percent congestion(拥堵) level. That means an average driver would spend 37 percent more time on the road in Beijing to cover the same distance as he would in non-congested cities.

The data also shows Beijing is one of those rare cities where traffic is worse on highways(高速路) than elsewhere. Only 11 out of 218 cities on the list have that problem.

The report says the top three(前三名) congested cities in the world are Istanbul(Turkey), Mexico City(Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro(Brazil). Altogether, 10 cities on the Chinese mainland are among the top 30. Apart from(除了...) Beijing, other notable examples include Chongqing (12th), Tianjin (14th), Guangzhou (17th) and Shanghai (24th).

重点词汇Key Words :

拥堵 yōng dǔ
congestion /crowd

  • 由于交通拥堵, 十分钟的路程他通常要花整整一个小时.
    Because of heavy traffic, the ten-minute commute usually takes him a full hour.
  • 机场受到破坏且拥堵了很多飞机.
    The airport is damaged and crowded with planes.
  • 横穿拥堵的十字路口对孩子来说是一件危险的事情.
    Crossing a busy intersection is a dangerous task for children.

除了... chú le
except /apart from

  • 除了星期日, 我们每天都上班。
    We work every day except Sunday.
  • 除了化学之外, 我们还喜欢学习物理。
    Apart from chemistry, we like to study physics.
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