Where have all the cars gone?

Exploring the streets and parks of Beijing, I am wondering these days where all the cars have gone. It is a National Holiday week in which many have left the city. And others seem not to have the urge to drive. On normal days Beijing suffocates in traffic and people suffocate in pollution. These days in Beijing are a very nice reminder how nice the city actually could be, if it would not be swamped with cars and rude drivers. And also the rudeness and aggression is dissolved in the holiday mood. This week must be one of the nicest ones staying in Beijing, and I am quite happy that Air China messed up my planned trip to Japan.