Tuesday, September 20, 2016

China covers 3.7 million square miles and is home to a vast 1.3 billion people, the world's largest population

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. Between the late 1970s and January of this year, it controlled its fast rising numbers with a one-child policy. One-child policy China adopted in the 1970s that it claims has prevented 400million births, but demographers have called the claim into question.

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. A two-child policy has since replaced old laws, so its massive population is set to rise steeply once again

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, which sees an enormous number of travellers and commuters pass through its halls

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

This summer in Dalian, Liaoning Province, countless beaches were packed full of sunbathers and crowded with parasols 

College students queue up for a job fair in 2014, which roughly 50,000 people attended in Zhengzhou, Henan province

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