Overcrowded public transit systems are a fact of daily life around the world. But in many Asian countries, dealing with them has become something of an art form. In these photos, you'll see the creative ways that people cope with crowding on buses, trains, boats, and more.

Public transportation jeepney on a dusty road in Philippines

Photo by Pat Roque/AP.

Trains of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Most of those people are travelling ticketless, of course.

(via Markdions Bartrams Travels, David Henderson and Defense)

Railway stations of Japan during the rush hours – with pushers (oshiyas)

They also do the work of a puller-off (hagashiya), pulling off passengers who try to get on too late, or when the train is over the critical capacity.

(via Avadita)

Millions of bikes and scooters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Commuters with bicycles, electric bikes and mopeds in Shanghai, 2008

(Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Rush hour in Taipei, 2009

(via Wodumedia)

Overloaded buses in India

(via Photography Sites and Michael Chambon)

A colorful bus in Pakistan

(via Trekearth)

Hundreds of cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws and bikes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1999

(Photo by Pavel Rahman/AP)

Local people on a motorcycle cart, 2006

(Photo by Heng Sinith/AP)

Ferry crosses the river Dhaira in Bangladesh

(Photo by Pavel Rahman/AP)

The whole family is on a motorized tricycle, Manila, Philippines

(Photo by Pat Roque/AP)

An overloaded boat with mostly garment workers during a nationwide strike on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh

(Photo by A.M. Ahad/AP)

A Jeep in Bagan with only 25-30 people, Burma

(via Digidrift/Jason Webb)