Incredible images of China show how the people endure queues, traffic and other problems on a level unique to the most populous country in the world.
With 1.3billion people, many of the cities are overrun during busy periods, with images revealing the true extent of the growing population, including gridlocked roads packed with static cars queued for miles on end.
The images – taken over the last 16 years – also show a beach with people packed so closely that not a grain of sand is visible as far as they eye can see as citizens dash to the water with rubber rings around them.
Thousands of children, who sit the same exams all over the country at the same time, are seen densely packed together on uniform desks in a vast hall.
This is despite the one-child policy China adopted in the 1970s that it claims has prevented 400million births, but demographers have called the claim into question.
Other images show how homes are tightly packed into what look like small uniform cells in sprawling tower blocks, essential to house the vast population.
As a residential compound opens for sale in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, swarms of keen people line up for the big reveal
Swimmers wrestle with colourful rubber rings at a pool in Daying county, Sichuan Province, this past August, in a situation that looks anything but relaxing
Students at a university in Wuhan, Hubei province, hang their laundry on lines and railings outside their housing complex
More than 1,700 secondary school students in Yichuan, Shaanxi province, sat this exam in 2015, which had to take place in its open-air playground due to lack of space inside
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, which sees an enormous number of travellers and commuters pass through its halls
Scores of people bustle for space at the annual lantern festival in Yuyuan Garden, located in China's city of Shanghai
Outside Beijing's International Airport, taxi drivers – one shirtless – line up to await passengers in the sweltering summer heat
Amid a sea of wheels and handlebars in Beijing, a woman who has somehow located her own bike prepares to cycle away
At a university is Wuhan, Hubei province, students sleep on mats laid out on an air-conditioned gym floor to escape the heat
Thousands upon thousands of job-seekers collect eagerly around booths at a job fair in Chongqing, southwestern China
In a rather beautiful image, scores of people wander under lantern-dressed trees to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Beijing
Visitors congregate under umbrellas at Shanghai's China Pavilion – the most expensive in the world – on a rainy day in 2010
Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuang Banna, Yunnan province in 2013
People queue up before viewing the soaring tide near the bank of Qiantang River in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in 2010
Vehicles are seen on a snaking avenue during the evening rush hour at sunset in Beijing in 2014, surrounded by skyscrapers
Heaving crowds line the Bund waterfront area in central Shanghai, always busy both during the day (left) and at night (right)
Countless shoppers gather under kaleidoscopic neon lights along Shanghai's bustling Nanjing Road in 2001, 15 years ago
Source: Daily Mail