20+ Crowded Photos Of China, Can Tell Us About Their Population


20+ Crowded Photos Of China, Can Tell Us About Their Population

China’s population was approaching 1 billion when it established its one-child-per-family policy in the late 1970s. But in the fall of 2015, China announced that the policy would be dropped because of unintended consequences, including a skewing of the population toward males and a disproportionate representation of elderly people.

By allowing couples to have two children, China is hoping to bring balance back to the country’s demographics. The current population is about 1.3 billion. Only time will tell how the lifting of the rule will affect the numbers.

These Crowded Photos Of China from Reuters show how crowded the country has already become.

Jack Sommer wrote an earlier version of this story.


Examinees walk into the entrance of a classroom building to take part in a three-day entrance exam for postgraduate studies in Hefei, Anhui province. A record 1.8 million people applied to attend this exam in 2013.

REUTERS/Stringer

Students take an exam at a high school’s open-air playground in Yichuan, Shaanxi province. More than 1,700 freshmen students took part in the exam in 2015, which the school moved outside because of insufficient indoor space.

REUTERS/Stringer

Laundry hangs outside student housing at a university in Wuhan, Hubei province.

REUTERS/Stringer

Parents sleep on mats laid out on a gymnasium floor inside a university campus in Wuhan.


A woman collects her bicycle from a parking lot outside of a subway station in Beijing.

REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

People ride escalators and walk down the stairs on their way to a subway platform during rush hour in Beijing.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

An eager crowd waits as a residential compound opens for sale in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

China Stringer Network/Reuters

Passengers flood a railway station on the first day of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival holiday in Wuhan, Hubei province.

China Stringer Network/Reuters

They slowly make their way to the escalators to access the train tracks.

China Stringer Network/Reuters

Passengers wait to get into the crowded Zhengzhou Railway Station on the first day of “the Golden Week,” a holiday that celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China. According to the China Tourism Academy, a total of 480 million trips were estimated to be made within those seven days.

Zhengzhou, Henan province /REUTERS/Stringer

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