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Do Chinese people really lack the innovative spirit? The answer is probably no. Here is a selection of homemade Chinese inventions. Although some of these gears may be the worst do-it-yourself inventions, Chinese inventors still keep the passion flesh in spite of setbacks and ridicule.


1. Zhang Wuyi, a local farmer who is interested in scientific inventions, waves from his self-made miniature submarine “Shuguang Hao”  after a safety test at Moshui Lake in Wuhan August 29, 2011.

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2. Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing January 8, 2009. Wu started to build robots in 1986, made of wire, metal, screws and nails found in rubbish sites.

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3. A fishing gear shop owner has built his very own light aircraft in Panan, eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. After spending 10 months building the craft, Jiang Yonggang says it is now ready for its maiden flight. To create the plane Jiang, 41, looked for information online and his craft is modelled on an American RAF2000 light plane. The finished craft – which has been christened Brave No.1 – is 3.1m long and weighs 150kg. According to Jiang it cost him around 40,000 Yuan ($6,500) to build.

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4. A restaurant in Wenling, eastern China’s Zhejiang Province is doing a brisk trade after buying a special robot noodle maker. According to owner Hu Man she bought the robot when her business was on the verge of bankruptcy. She comments: “I spent more than 10,000 Yuan ($1,600) on the robot and the effect was instant. People are now queuing up to have noodles in my restaurant.”

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5. A man loves Transformers so much he has established a company that builds them. Yang Junlin set up his factory, called “Legend of Iron”, in Huizhou, southern China’s Guangdong Province. Yang set up his factory and hired more than 10 workers in an effort to realise his dream. Over the past five years he has designed more than 1,000 different Transformers.

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6. A farmer from Wuhan in capital of central China’s Hubei Province successfully flew a self-designed and homemade ‘flying saucer’. Shu Mansheng’s 4-metre diameter UFO is powered by eight motor engines and during a test flight he managed to fly it two metres above the ground for over 30 seconds. The round steel flying device, which cost more than 30,000 Yuan ($4,800) to create, is the fifth of its kind that Shu has built.

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7. Li Jingchun (top), a 58-year-old farmer, looks on as his family members work on 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 (£6,500).

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