Incredible train 'disappears' through block of flats in China's 'Mountain City'

Mark Molloy
Next stop, your living room! A train passes through a residential building in Chongqing, China - 2017 VCG

Architects and planners in a Chinese city have designed a novel way to make space for an essential train route - by building it through the centre of a block of flats.

The unusual train track passes directly through the 19-storey residential building in the “emerging mega-city” of Chongqing, located in the south-west corner of the East Asian nation.

An unusual sight: A creative solution to a lack of space in the city  Credit: VCG/Getty

Chongqing Rail Transit No.2 and the building have been built across each other, a creative solution for a lack of space in the city packed with skyscrapers.

It’s convenient for residents in the high-rise block, who can hop on the train at Liziba Station, located on the sixth to eighth floor of the building.

The railway at Liziba Station on the sixth to eighth floor in the building with noise reduction equipment Credit: VCG / Getty

Noise reduction equipment installed at the station means the train only makes the same noise as a standard dishwasher.

With more than 49 million residents crammed into the urban sprawl, the city’s planners have had to think up some creative infrastructure solutions for the limited space they have.

“Our city is very heavily built upon and can that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge,” a city transport spokesperson said, The Mirror reports.  

The monorail station opened in 2004 in the area known as ‘Mountain City’, due to the area’s extremely hilly terrain.

Last year, an airline launched fares starting from just £7 to attract British travellers to the city.

Meanwhile, could this be the future of travel? Here are the first photos of a Hyperloop test track built in the Nevada desert.  

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