A man in Pingliang city, Gansu province has been seen cruising around the local roads in a replica of the stage coach used by British royalty.
Unfortunately, the guy didn’t just build the thing in a fit of passion after watching Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoy a private ride to Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth earlier this week. He’s actually had it for quite a while. He imported the two horses from Inner Mongolia, bought the carriage from northeast China and spent 90,000 yuan making the whole thing fit for a queen.
The real Diamond Jubilee State Coach is a six-horse-drawn carriage that was made to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday, but its completion was delayed for nearly 8 years. It was built in Australia by coachbuilder W. J. Frecklington, funded privately with some help from the Australian government in the form of a $250,000 grant. It comes with electric windows, heating and hydraulic stabilizers.
While his stage coach might not have hydraulics, the Gansu man seems to be doing fine with it. He says that he takes it to events where he can earn 1,200 to 1,500 yuan a gig giving rides to people who want to feel like royalty. We assume that he’s going to increase his asking price now.
[Images via Sina]