Google Reverse Image search of the photo shows that it was taken in 2012 in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province of China. We also found a larger resolution of the photo on a stock photos website called Rex Features, which shows that the people seen standing near their cars look distinctly South-East Asian and that the traffic sign boards seen in the background are in Mandarin and not German. An article by British newspaper The Telegraph which used the same photograph explained that the gridlock was largely caused by the government's decision to suspend motorway tolls during the Mid-Autumn festival. "It was the first time in a decade that China's motorways had been toll-free and many families were keen to take advantage of the largesse to get away during the eight-day national holiday." - The Telegraph reported. The Mid-Autumn festival is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese usually during late September to early October. The viral image with the same false context was debunked by The Star Online in November 2017.