While elsewhere across China, companies are producing commercial jetpacks, security robots and hi-tech trash cans, Anhui is sticking to what China does best — DIY inventions from innumerable ingenious villagers/farmers.
Meet Zhang Shenwu, a villager from outside of Ma’anshan city. With just 5,000 yuan, he built a freaking submarine in only two months time, working on it for hours each evening. Inspired by something he saw on TV, Zhang’s is 6 meters long, 1.2 to 1.5 meters tall and weighs around 2 tons. It can dive to a depth of over 1 meter and while it may be a bit cramped, it did only cost him about as much as an overpriced giant salamander.
Yesterday, Zhang showed off his DIY submarine to his friends by taking it for a spin in a local waterway.
We are pretty sure that rear-view mirrors comes standard in all subs these days.
Zhang is following in the wake of China’s great amateur submarine builders of the recent past like Du Xiutang of Yulin, Shaanxi province, who dropped 300,000 yuan building the sub of his dreams, but unfortunately ran out of money before he could finish.
And Tan Yong of Danjiangkou, Hubei province, who went with more of a submarine-plane hybrid design. Unfortunately, it failed its first diving test (probably flying test too):
But he didn’t give up and his next design was a total success, diving to a depth of more than 10 meters:
Still, it looks like there is a lot of work left to do before China is ready to launch passenger subs to take travelers from Shanghai to San Francisco in two hours.
[Images via NetEase]