We at Shanghaiiist never cease to be amazed by the crazy contraptions that China’s laobaixing are able to whip up out of thin air. Check out our ten favorites from last year:
China’s homemade Transformers industry is still humming right along. This year, we learned about a Hunan farmer and son that rake in more than a million yuan in revenue each year by making and selling ultra-realistic model Transformers.
Soaring kind of high above the fields of Henan province is 29-year-old Shi Songbo. He says that he has always had a fascination with flight and really wanted to try it for himself. Dirigible seemed like the best way.
8) Diamond Jubilee State Coach
A man in Pingliang city, Gansu province has made a replica of the stage coach used by British royalty. He imported the two horses from Inner Mongolia, and bought the carriage from northeast China for 90,000 yuan, sparing no expense to make the whole thing fit for a queen.
7) 28,000 yuan airplane
Aviation pioneer Chen Lianxue sits on top of his home in a Gansu village fiddling around with an airplane of his very own design. The wings are 4.2 meters in length, the body is 10.5 meters long and 1.6 meters tall, it’s a rustic steely color with a red star emblazoned on the tail, and it doesn’t actually fly.
Don't work hard. Work smart!
Posted by Shanghaiist on Thursday, November 5, 2015
6) 300,000 yuan submarine
Du Xiutang of 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. But, he never gave up on his dreams, investing 300,000 yuan to build his very own submarine.
5) China Construction Bank
Not really an invention, but this farmer built his own bank, equipping it with card readers and staffing it with his 15-year-old daughter. He managed to cheat his customers out of 40,000 RMB before he was arrested.
4) The “Chinese Dream”
A retired engineer in Zhengzhou, Henan province has spent the past five years building this replica of a helicopter. It can’t fly, but damn it, it’s going places.
Faster, faster, FASTER!
Posted by Shanghaiist on Friday, November 20, 2015
3) Soviet-era tank
A Liaoning farmer devoted over a year to building this replica war machine, using only an angle grinder along with welding and drilling machines.
2) Homemade excavator
A 25-year-old farmer, Dai Yuanwu, of a Sichuan village built his own excavator in just three months. And while it might not be the most difficult piece of machinery to assemble from scratch, it’s a pretty impressive project for a guy with only middle school education. Also, seems actually useful?
1) Wheelchair of love
Aww. A 79-year-old husband from Luoyang built this customized wheelchair so that he could always stay close to his wife. We are pretty sure that if China’s laobaixing would just put their mind to it, they could serve all the world’s problems.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
Harvesting like a boss.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
By Mary DeMay