Chinese inventions

Updated On Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST
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Chinese shipbuilders stand on a submarine designed by a farmer Li Yuming (not pictured) on the Yangtse River in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. The submarine, 9.8 meters long, two meters wide, and four meters high, was built by some ten shipbuilders in seven months. Maritime Administration of the Yangtse River banned the submarine's trial voyage because it did not undertake any navigational procedure. Reuters/China Newsphoto View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Chinese shipbuilders stand on a submarine designed by a farmer Li Yuming (not pictured) on the Yangtse River in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. The submarine, 9.8 meters long, two meters wide, and four meters high, was built by some ten shipbuilders in seven months. Maritime Administration of the Yangtse River banned the submarine's trial voyage because it did not undertake any navigational procedure. Reuters/China Newsphoto

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Zhao Xiushun checks a homemade vehicle he claims is modelled after a Formula One car in Tangshan, Hebei Province. Zhao and his elder brother Zhao Xiushun built the car from scrap metal and said that they wanted to design and build the first Formula One race car in China. The car is 3.1-metre (10.2 feet) in length, 1.25-metre (4.1 feet) in width and 1.1-metre (3.6) in height and can reach maximum speed of 60 km per hour (37 miles per hour). Reuters/Stringer. View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Zhao Xiushun checks a homemade vehicle he claims is modelled after a Formula One car in Tangshan, Hebei Province. Zhao and his elder brother Zhao Xiushun built the car from scrap metal and said that they wanted to design and build the first Formula One race car in China. The car is 3.1-metre (10.2 feet) in length, 1.25-metre (4.1 feet) in width and 1.1-metre (3.6) in height and can reach maximum speed of 60 km per hour (37 miles per hour). Reuters/Stringer.

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Farmer Wu Yulu, 48, rides in a cart pulled by his walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing. Hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, has invented 47 robots with different functions like jump, paint, drink, pull cart, massage, and help cooking. He will display more than 30 his robots during Shanghai World Expo 2010, and he wants to promote his practical robots into market by the Expo. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Farmer Wu Yulu, 48, rides in a cart pulled by his walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing. Hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, has invented 47 robots with different functions like jump, paint, drink, pull cart, massage, and help cooking. He will display more than 30 his robots during Shanghai World Expo 2010, and he wants to promote his practical robots into market by the Expo. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

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Li Jingchun, a 58-year-old farmer, sprays paints onto his self-made aircraft on top of his house in Xiahe village located in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The 5m long, 1.5m wide plane, mostly made of recycled iron plates, cost the aircraft enthusiast and his family two years and more than 40,000 yuan ($6,349), according to local media. Reuters/Sheng Li View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Li Jingchun, a 58-year-old farmer, sprays paints onto his self-made aircraft on top of his house in Xiahe village located in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The 5m long, 1.5m wide plane, mostly made of recycled iron plates, cost the aircraft enthusiast and his family two years and more than 40,000 yuan ($6,349), according to local media. Reuters/Sheng Li

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Lei Zhiqian rides a modified bicycle across the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province. The bicycle, equipped with eight empty water containers at the bottom, was modified by Lei's instructor Li Weiguo, who hopes to put his invention into the market. Reuters/China Daily View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Lei Zhiqian rides a modified bicycle across the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province. The bicycle, equipped with eight empty water containers at the bottom, was modified by Lei's instructor Li Weiguo, who hopes to put his invention into the market. Reuters/China Daily

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Li Jingchun, a 58-year-old farmer, sprays paints onto his self-made aircraft on top of his house in Xiahe village located in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The 5m long, 1.5m wide plane, mostly made of recycled iron plates, cost the aircraft enthusiast and his family two years and more than 40,000 yuan ($6,349), according to local media. Reuters/Sheng Li View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Li Jingchun, a 58-year-old farmer, sprays paints onto his self-made aircraft on top of his house in Xiahe village located in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The 5m long, 1.5m wide plane, mostly made of recycled iron plates, cost the aircraft enthusiast and his family two years and more than 40,000 yuan ($6,349), according to local media. Reuters/Sheng Li

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Zhang Yali, 49, tests a giant bicycle designed and made by him and his friends outside a rented warehouse in Jilin, Jilin province. The 3.2-metre-high and 5.5-metre-long three-seated giant bicycle, weighing over one tonne, cost Zhang more over 20,000 yuan (3,156 $). Zhang spent two months making this bike as a gift for his son, a 25-year-old part-time cartoonist currently living in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. According to Zhang's family, they were planning to ride this bike from Jilin to Shenzhen, local media reported. Reuters/China Daily View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Zhang Yali, 49, tests a giant bicycle designed and made by him and his friends outside a rented warehouse in Jilin, Jilin province. The 3.2-metre-high and 5.5-metre-long three-seated giant bicycle, weighing over one tonne, cost Zhang more over 20,000 yuan (3,156 $). Zhang spent two months making this bike as a gift for his son, a 25-year-old part-time cartoonist currently living in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. According to Zhang's family, they were planning to ride this bike from Jilin to Shenzhen, local media reported. Reuters/China Daily

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Local farmer Shu Mansheng starts the engines of his self-designed and homemade flying device before a test flight in front of his house in Dashu village on the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei province. The round steel flying device, which cost more than 20,000 yuan ($3,135), is the fifth model made by Shu, a junior middle school graduate. It measures around 5.5 meters (18 feet) in diameter, and is powered by eight motorcycle engines. Shu managed to hover for 10 seconds at about 1 metre (3.3 feet) above ground during a recent test flight. Reuters/Stringer View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM IST

Local farmer Shu Mansheng starts the engines of his self-designed and homemade flying device before a test flight in front of his house in Dashu village on the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei province. The round steel flying device, which cost more than 20,000 yuan ($3,135), is the fifth model made by Shu, a junior middle school graduate. It measures around 5.5 meters (18 feet) in diameter, and is powered by eight motorcycle engines. Shu managed to hover for 10 seconds at about 1 metre (3.3 feet) above ground during a recent test flight. Reuters/Stringer

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