Most Crowded Places on Earth

Most Crowded Places on Earth

1 . Subway

Not only is Tokyo ridiculously crowded above ground, things don t change much down below. It s home to the busiest subway system in the world with over 3.16 billion annually. That s more than twice as many as New York City (although the NYC system has more stations)

2 . Pool

Found in Tokyo Summerland, a Japanese theme park, you would be hard pressed to find any water in this pool, especially during summer.

3 . Stadium

The open air Maracana stadium found in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho was constructed in the 50s to host the World Cup and has since set the world record for attendance at a football game with almost a quarter of a million spectators.

4 . Escalator

Tokyo is certainly not very wellknown for having lots of space, which evidently holds true of its escalators. In fact, in 2008 one of its busier ones actually came to a grinding halt and began to move backwards, piling people up at the bottom and sending several of them to the emergency room.

5 . Airport

Although there are many ways to measure the congestion of an airport, Hartsfield Jackson International in Atlanta can boast that it sees the largest number of passengers pass through its terminals every year with over 92 million. That s over 15 million more than runnerup Beijing Capital International Airport.

6 . Shopping Center

Although there are several shopping centers claiming to have the most traffic in the world (most being in Southeast Asia), due to unverifiable statistics the prize for most crowded shopping plaza goes to the Mall of the America near the Twin Cities in Minnesota. It receives over 40 million annual visitors.

7 . Waterway

Although in 1934 it was estimated that the Panama Canal should handle 80 million tonnes of cargo per year, today that number exceeds 300 million. According to researchers at the University of Oldenburg this makes it the busiest waterway in the world with the Suez Canal coming in a close second.

8 . Intersection

With over 2.5 million people crossing over the white stripes every day Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo is by far the busiest intersection in the world.

9 . Tourist Attraction

At the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue from West 42nd to West 47th in downtown New York City you will find what many have come to know as the

10 . Cemetery

Although in most parts of Europe graves often get reused, in London this is not the case. The English are more like the Americans in that they prefer their eternal resting places to literally last for eternity. The only problem is that in a city that has been inhabited for thousands of years the English are quickly running out of space and the city s largest cemetery has even started asking people if they would be willing to share their grave with a stranger.