On this edition of Chinese farmers/villagers build the craziest things, we bring you a Shaanxi man who used all of his life savings and more to achieve his dream of building a pretty impressive submarine.
Du Xiutang of Yulin (no not that Yulin), Shaanxi province grew up loving the military and machinery. Unfortunately, his home situation wasn’t great, so instead of attending Tsinghua and then starting a career with the PLA, he dropped out of high school to work on the family farm. Later, he became a part-time mine worker. All the while, he still followed Chinese military and naval magazines, keeping up to date with the latest trends and designs.
In 1992, when Russia agreed to sell China an outdated submarine for an enormous sum, Du was outraged. It was then that he knew that he must devote his life to building submarines and developing submarine technologies and systems, so that China would never again have to rely on outsiders for the latest innovations.
Flash forward to the present, Du is very near to the completion of his gray submarine. A project that he has already dropped 300,000 yuan on, including all of his life savings and another 200,000 yuan that he didn’t have. With no more money (and presumably no longer anyone in the village willing to loan him some), Du is stuck with a submarine that hasn’t yet touched water. In the China News story, he confessed to the reporter that he is now desperately looking for a partner to put up the money that will allow his submarine to take its first dive. He offers: patents, stock shares and underwater joyrides for anyone interested.
Kickstarter anyone? Demohour? This guy could absolutely be the key to making it from Shanghai to San Francisco in two hours!
Though, if we are being honest, he isn’t the most impressive DIY submarine guy that China has to offer.
by Alex Linder
[Images via China News]