Overcrowded China Builds Railway Through 19-storey Building To Save Space

Chinese architects and planners have come up with a sensational way to save space in the emerging mega-city of Chongqing by constructing a railway through a residential building.

The daring piece of engineering has the railway passing through the 19-storey residential block of flats like the train’s do in the tunnels in Europe.

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The building also has a special railway station built into it’s sixth to eighth floors to serve residents and neighbors.


To make things even more interesting and convinient for residents of the building, engineers muffled the noise from the train with special equipment.

The sound of the train is now designed to sound like a dishwasher to residents in the 19-storey building making it’s passage and stop almost unnoticable.

By doing all this, City planners have avoided having to bring down a whole building in a city packed with skyscrapers due to overpopulation to make way for the railway.


”Our city is very heavily built upon and that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge,” a Chongqing city transport spokesman said.

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The port city of Chongqing is one of the four municipalities of China. It is located in the south-west of the country lying along the banks of the river Yangtze and Jialing.

Chongqing is nicknamed the Mountain City because it lies around an extremely hilly terrain with a population of 49 million people packed into 31,000 square miles, making it a nightmare for planners to creatively solve space issues.

According to a documentary, the not so popular city is estimated to have more than 1,300 people moving into it everyday. There are also said to be several hundreds of skyscrapers built every year to contain the evergrowing population.

Watch A Chongqing Documentary Below