Chongqing Metro Monorail Passes Through Residential Building


From Sohu:

Chongqing Monorail Passes Through Building, Unique Throughout Entire Country

2014 July 31st, at Liziba in Yuzhong District of Chongqing, the Line 2 monorail passes through a building. Many netizens complain about/make fun of Chongqing’s complex topography, its godly monorail, its godly terrain, making it a one of a kind sight in the country.


Chongqing Rail Transit is the public metro system of Chongqing, China, operated by the Chongqing Rail Transit (Group) Limited Co., and began operations on 2004 November 6. Among its lines, the Line 2 monorail is the first urban metro in China’s western regions, as well as China’s first straddle-beam monorail line.


Chongqing is located to the southeast of the Sichuan basin, with the Daba, Wushan, Wuling, and Dalou Mountains to its north, east and south. Most of the terrain is composed of hills and mountains, with lots of its area being slopes, resulting in the city being known as a “mountain city”. As a result, the light rail must pass through the building.


Comments on Sohu:

我就是我 [搜狐北京市网友]:

I wouldn’t live in that building even if you gave it to me.

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐山东省淄博市网友]:

When Japan has light rail that passes through buildings, you people call it a marvel, but when our country has a light rail that passes through buildings, you people talk shit. Are you people without shame?

凡尘清心 [搜狐上海市网友]:

Why doesn’t this light rail pass through a government building?

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐广东省广州市网友]:

That building’s fengshui is bad.

手机搜狐网友 [搜狐江苏省南通市网友]:

Can’t believe the residents agreed to that.

魔鬼尼禄 [搜狐重庆市网友]:

This is Line 2 and I have to take this every week going to school. There is a light rail station in there. There isn’t much noise so it basically doesn’t affect the residents.

搜狐网友66473566 [搜狐安徽省淮北市网友]:

Are the city planners retarded? Or was the money saved embezzled?

黑白棋局 [搜狐广东省惠州市网友]:

Don’t act so surprised, most of Chongqing is this type of terrain, with houses all built on the hills and mountainsides.

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐河北省沧州市网友]:

So did the building come first or did the train tracks come first?

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐重庆市网友]:

You can jump off the building to ride the light rail.

岁月如歌 [搜狐安徽省黄山市网友]:

If it derails, then the people in the building are done for. Is this type of design within regulations?

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Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai

  • FYIADragoon

    Its kind of cool though. I’ve been on it during my business trips to Chongqing.

  • Surfeit

    Does anybody know if it was built that way, or was the building modified? I don’t think it’s too striking really. Seems kinda Neo-urban and I like that.

    • mr.wiener

      I want my own jet pack to get to work with.

      • Surfeit


        EDIT: 哼!2nd image please!

  • Sydney Ma

    Chongqing cruelly lack space for its development. Something similar already exists in Osaka with a highway going through a building.

  • lacompacida

    It’s quite common to have trains going through buildings in Japan and in the west. Usually the buildings are designed that way to accommodate these trains, with stations in side the building. Buildings can be built after the rails were built too. However, in the west, complicated air rights has to be procured/leased, and insurance agreement must be in place for accidents. Landownership can be complicated in the west, but it can be done.

  • SongYii

    “Can’t believe the residents agreed to that.”

    Probably the government begged and pleaded on their knees for the residents’ agreement, and the residents relented because they are so nice.

    • YourSupremeCommander

      LOL, nice one.

    • Irvin

      This is what the real story looks like:

      government: if you don’t agreed to this I’ll fuck you so hard you’d think the nanjing massacre was child play.

      residents: please don’t, I beg you, I’ll suck your cock, where do I sign?

    • don mario

      hahahaha. they have a say? since when?

  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    They probably should fix that building soon, it looks like it has gone through some wear and tear (possibly because a hole was cut through it) while the buildings around it are not nearly as delapidated. Kindof takes away the effect.

  • Wodowsan

    I have ridden through that building. I always thought it was very convenient for the residence to have a station in their building. And the monorail is electric so it doesn’t make very much noise.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      This is exactly what I’m thinking. Sure, it might be a bit noisy, but I’ve always been ok with noise.

      Convenience for transportation > tranquility in my life

    • Mighty曹

      It’s very convenient for the people living the building.

    • Hank

      What makes you think the building has a train station in it?

      • Ian

        Well he did say he had ridden through the building before. So unless he’s blind…

    • don mario

      is the station there? thats sweet.

  • AbC

    If you can have a multi-lane highway going through a building, there’s nothing special with a monorail going through.

    Besides, it’s either that or forced demolition with fckall compensation. I can already foresee real estate agents advertising these apartments using ‘close to public transport’ as a selling point.

    • Irvin

      too close lol

  • YourSupremeCommander

    Oh and the NYC subway, it goes under the entire friggin city, what’s the big fuss?

    • denvereen

      love the avatar…

    • UserID01

      Probably that people don’t live underground, where the train passes right through their homes. Unless, you know, you’re one of the mole people living in the subways.

  • Mihel

    I think it’s not that much of a problem if the monorail passes through a building that mostly houses offices, shops or other locales where people actually work, but it’s a pretty shitty situation for a residential building.

    EDIT: btw, this doesn’t seem to be a new monorail line, why has this topic become suddenly so popular?

    • Ken Morgan

      I dunno, its a monorail system not a conventional track system therefore in theory it could be quite quiet rather than clack clack of tracked systems.

      In Manchester near the metro they give huge grants to people who live within 500m to insulate against noise and vibration.

  • Irvin

    I’d hate to be whoever is living in the building.

  • Irvin

    You wouldn’t think so if you have to live in the building.

  • Won’t somebody please think of the fengshui???

  • dgosh343

    From what I can tell, it is a quiet electric light rail. I wouldn’t doubt that it is a convenience for them(if there is a station) and raises value of the building.

  • Mighty曹

    The MTR is one of the most efficient systems in the world and the network of stops connecting office buildings, residential complexes, and shopping malls is just incomparable.

    • denvereen

      Agreed. And they got the contract for Crossrail in London, despite all the criticism they are getting in HK at the moment for delays and such and it being overcrowded (it is at peak times, in the evening) it is pretty much seamless as you noticed. Talk about irony, former colony running former colonial masters light rail project. The tube is a disgrace by comparison….

  • Insomnicide

    Might be irritating to live there, but looks cool from afar.

    Chongqing: city of the future?

  • denvereen

    I liked Chengdu, terribly torrid in summer, nice enough in spring, and quite flat. Plenty of decent places to eat. The tibetan restaurants, the yak meat, oh man…..

  • Ken Morgan

    One of my pet hates about public transport in the UK is that it isn’t integrated and there are numerous gaps which need to be walked. For instance in the UK should I want to get into Manchester city centre I have two options.

    #1 Wait for the hourly bus (which starts at 10am) to the train station, then train.

    #2 Walk 20 minutes to the other bus stop, go into the local town, then walk another 15 minutes once you get there to the tram station.

    The walking and bits at the end annoy me, while stopping right by where you live is nice.

    • denvereen

      You are from Manchester? Get that metrorail up to us boltonians, Bury has it, we want it, just joshing chief:-)

      • Ken Morgan

        Bolton has a much more useful railway station. Bolton to Manchester £4, or today I went to Glasgow from Bolton (2 changes mind) for £21.

        • denvereen

          Corr, you have gone and cut me to the quick there Ken. Are you from notlob yourself!? Aren’t they renovating/revamping the railway station, because the last time I was back compared with China/dubai/hong kong…..I thought bolton was third world.

          • Ken Morgan

            Bolton reflects a town which has been bombarded with nuclear weapons. It has been rebuilt but only in a half arsed manner. Yes and no about Bolton rail station, they are electrifying the track between Chorley and Preston. So many of the services are replaced with coaches. I live in the countryside north of Bolton. I normally live in Hong Kong but family issues mean I am here for a bit.

          • denvereen

            Well you are dead right there Ken, sadly there is no getting away from it. It’s right there in the back of my passport. I do get the odd Bolton Wanderers comment from time to time in China/Hong Kong, but that is about it….most only know manchester united. Yes, it has been rebuilt in a half arsed manner. I’ve not been back for a good few years so I’m not sure as to what it looks like now, but from reading online it seems the death knell has been sounded. Also some huge new mosque has been approved in astley bridge which is causing anger amongst the locals. I heard about the electification, are you from notlob yourself…funnily enough, I grew up in the countryside north of Bolton, E*****n, should give it a way. Hope you get back, I’m in HK for now. Cheers for your posts!!!!

          • Ken Morgan

            I’m actually from Sheffield but live about 2 miles from Farnworth.

  • KuangDW

    I’ve been there, indeed there is a station, so it’s also quite convenient, and it’s not really that noisy. Also the subway closes at around 10pm in Chongqing so it’s not noisy at all at night.

  • vincent_t

    more like made the residents a threat

  • moop

    this story sucks, i know its off topic, but does anyone know why this girl would be rejected for simply being handicapped?

  • Probotector

    Haha lol! looks fuckin’ awesome!

  • Hank

    I drive right through the Met Life building on Park ave in Manhattan all the time, I don’t see the big deal with this.

  • Joel

    Meh, this line is really old. It was the original light rail line and has been there for absolutely ages. The building in question in pretty old and that side of the river isn’t really a decent area. I live on the opposite side of the river in Jiangbei if I walked to the front of my residential complex I could see it across the river. That side is pretty run down and difficult to get around so I guess no one ever really pays attention to it. The stations between Da Ping and Jie fang bei are all pretty much unused and out of the way exept for the interchange station at Niu jiao tuo.

    Oh and the light rail is electric, it hardly makes more sound that a hard breeze. So no problems for the residents of that building.

  • Karze

    Do resident has any choice given the Chinese is Police State.

  • don mario

    thats awesome! looks cool, i wouldn’t have a problem living there.. apart from it being in a shit hole city in a shit hole country but other than that no problem!

  • this is communist country. They don’t need to agree, the communist party decided it is for the good of the community and people obey.