China doesn’t always copy useful and popular world’s inventions. Local people also invent stuff themselves. Take a look.
A local farmer Li Yuming works on his unfinished miniature submarine Xiaguang V, which is 3-metre long, 1.2-metre in height, has a maximum diving depth of 20 metres, and can hold two adults and one child at the same time.
Farmer Wu Yulu, 48, rides in a cart pulled by his walking robot. 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.
Chinese farmer Yang Youde pushes his homemade cannon. Yang's cannon, which is made out of a wheelbarrow, pipes and firing rockets, is used to defend his fields against property developers who wants his land.
Lei Zhiqian rides a modified bicycle across the Hanjiang River. 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.
Ding Shilu, an automobile mechanic, sits in his self-made aircraft. The aircraft which weights about 130 kg (287 lbs) and made of recycled materials including three motorbike engines and plastic cloth, cost about 2600 yuan ($395).
Zhang Yali, 49, tests a giant bicycle designed and made by him and his friends. 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 USD). Zhang spent two months making this bike as a gift for his son, a 25-year-old part-time cartoonist.
A self-styled Chinese inventor tests his homemade helicoptor. Yu Jun follows in the footsteps of his younger brother who lost his life in a national park in central China at the end of a 20 year search for the legendary Bigfoot, and intends to continue the quest from the sky. Without any formal education in aerospace science, Yu Jun spent five years constructing the helicopter from spare parts belonging to a dilapidated Lada automobile (in back).
Tao Xiangli stands beside his homemade submarine. The amateur inventor says his submarine is made from old oil barrels but fully functional with a periscope, depth control tanks, electric motors and two propellers.
Han Yuzi, 63, inventor, holds up one of his creations, a hair comb that doubles as a small hand-held musical instrument. The instrument measures 126.2 mm in length, 48.6 mm in width and weighs 68 grams.