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
Heaving crowds line the Bund waterfront area in central Shanghai, always busy during the day
Heaving crowds line the Bund waterfront area in central Shanghai, always busy during the night
People queue up before viewing the soaring tide near the bank of Qiantang River in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province 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
Scores of people bustle for space af the annual lantern festival in Yuyuan garden, located in China's capital city of Shanghai
Countless shoppers gather under kaleidascopic neon lights along Shanghai's bustling Nanjing Road in 2001, 15 years ago
The roomy Hong Qiao Train station, lined with brightly lit adverts, which gets particularly busy around national holidays
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, which sees an enormous number of travellers and commuters pass through its halls
Visitors congregate under umbrellas at Shanghai's China Pavilion - the most expensive in the world - on a rainy day in 2010
This summer in Dalian, Liaoning Province, countless beaches were packed full of sunbathers and crowded with parasols
Vehicles are seen on a snaking avenue during the evening rush hour at sunset in Beijing in 2014, surrounded by skyscrapers
College students queue up for a job fair in 2014, which roughly 50,000 people attended in Zhengzhou, Henan Province
Thousands upon thousands of job-seekers collect eagerly around booths at a job fair in Chongqing, southwestern China
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
At a university is Wuhan, Hubei Province, students sleep on mats laid out on an air-conditioned gym floor to escape the heat
In a rather beautiful image, scores of people wander under lantern-dressed trees to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Beijing
Students at a university in Wuhan, Hubei Province, hang their laundry on lines and railings outside their housing complex
Amid a sea of wheels and handlebars in Beijing, a woman who has somehow located her own bike prepares to cycle away
Outside Beijing's International Airport, taxi drivers - one shirtless - line up to await passengers in the sweltering summer heat
As a residential compound opens for sale in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, swarms of keen people line up for the big reveal

China is the most populated country in the world, with 1.3 billion people occupying 3.7 million square miles of land. Its population is expected to rise again in light of the relaxed one-child policy.

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