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400,000 People Register to Get Lisence Plates in Beijing This Month

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 28, 2011

Beijing was built for fat little emperors who were toted around on rickshaws, not autos. Thus, a big problem in Bejing is all the cars on the road now. Currently, if you want to get a car in Beijing, you have to join a lottery and hope you get one. This month that lottery includes almost 400,000 other people.

excerpt peopledaily.com:
A total of 397,543 qualified candidates took part in the city’s third license-plate lottery, which was held this month, according to figures released by the Beijing municipal commission of transport on Friday. The participants will compete in a draw on Saturday for the right to obtain one of 17,600 license plates Beijing issues each month.

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