While we enjoyed poking fun at the SCMP for their wall to wall Hong Kong duck coverage (only matched by our wall to wall Hong Kong duck coverage) if it wasn’t for the paper’s undying interest in the inflatable fowl we wouldn’t have learned this incredible piece of information: you can buy giant inflatable ducks on Taobao!
Patrick Boehler is the hero responsible for the discovery of KK Inflatables, a Guangzhou-based company which sells giant inflatable ducks in a variety of colours:
Your very own supersized bath accessory could even be 3.5 metres taller than the 16.5-metre-high installation now floating in Hong Kong’s harbour.
A smaller two-metre-tall duck comes at a bargain of 2,800 yuan (HK$3,500). An inflatable the size of Hong Kong’s Rubber Duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman comes with a price tag of 118,000 yuan. The 20-metre-tall über-duck costs 149,800 yuan. The company also sells air pumps for 200 yuan.
149,800 yuan is roughly $24,400, if Gawker can raise $200,000 to buy a video of Rob Ford smoking crack, maybe we can raise enough money to buy Shanghai it’s very own huge inflatable duck (one that is bigger and better than Hong Kong’s). Leave us a note in the comments if you would be willing to contribute a small amount of money towards this and (pending legal advice on what would happen to us if we released a giant duck into the Huangpu river) maybe this will become a reality.
[Image credit: @onebigfish]