Next stop, the kitchen: Astonishing pictures show Chinese train that goes straight through a block of flats

It may look a little loco as a train emerges from a block of flats but this city’s planners are chuffed.

Chongqing in south-east China is known as Mountain City for its densely packed skyscrapers – and fitting in a light railway system was causing a real headache.

So their solution was to build through the 19-storey tower rather than go around it or demolish it.

Residents there can hop on at Liziba Station, which was built on the sixth to eighth floors, and rail bosses added noise reduction gear that makes the trains about as noisy as a dishwasher.

A city transport spokesman said: “Our city is very heavily built upon and that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge."