Dizzying and Dangerous Heights of Chongqing

It may not be the city that never sleeps, but it’s definitely the city that never looks down.

Chongqing is a megacity in western China, home to 8.5 million people packed along the steep banks of one of the longest rivers in China, the Yangtze. It’s no wonder Chongqing is called China’s City of Bridges.

In order to fit so many people into such a small space, they’ve had to get clever with city planning.

This pedestrian walkway is 13 stories tall and almost 100 feet long. It connects to the building so residents have an easier time getting to the city central.

These homes literally have a road built on top. Or does the road have homes underneath?

This monorail passes right through the middle of a building.

And freeway interchanges can be a bit complex.

This 15-lane, 5-level, 8-direction megastructure might get you where you’re going, or it could send you on a detour if you’re not paying attention.

Still, better than Chongqing’s subway to nowhere.

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