We love that term, wish we would’ve thought of it ourselves. Zombie commuters. Commuters because they’re trying to get somewhere. Zombies because you’d have to be brain-dead to drive
into traffic in Beijing. As SCMP puts it: “It’s like a scene out of American television show The Walking Dead, said a microblogger on Sina Weibo, after photos of apocalyptic, zombie-infested Beijing began spreading online on Monday morning.”
Worse or better than this? It doesn’t matter. We now have a term, forevermore, for these soul-crushing gridlocks in which people decide, en masse, to abandon their vehicles and walk.