Harley-Davidson may be a quintessentially American brand, but that doesn’t mean it’s not beloved around the world. Early this week, about 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over China traveled to Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province. They took part in the 5th Annual Harley-Davidson National Rally, part of the celebration of the brand’s 100th birthday. Harley Davidson only began official sales in China in 2005, and its bikes are considered to be luxury items because of the extremely high Chinese tax. A 2013 motorcycle might sell for 200,000 yuan (US$32,500), approximately four times the average annual salary in Beijing. Transportation authorities have also placed Harleys in the same category as electric bikes, horses and bicycles, so they cannot be ridden on highways and major avenues …
Bicycles are seen hung up along the 200 meter long fence of a residential compound in Shenyang city in northeast China. The 60 bicycles are not used to perform a bicycle art work, but a last-ditch move of the property management company to strengthen the surrounding fence for security concern. Some lazy residents secretly destroyed the iron fence so that they can get in and out to a nearby supermarket by shortcut. The authorities had to repair the fence with iron bars and rods welded in the fence holes, to keep strangers and potential thieves away. But it got broken again shortly. Finally they came out an idea by collecting some discarded bicycles and used them to fill the holes of the fence. And it works pretty well, every bicycle is bound with iron wire to the iron rods of the fence left undestroyed. The holes are sealed off with the bicycle tires, which makes it impossible for a person to get through. It’s strange to see rotten bicycles hung up on the fence for security and inadvertently become an art work.
A western artist who lived in Beijing pushes his air filtration bike out of his studio on a hazy day. Using an IKEA perforated garbage can, moped helmet, fighter-pilot breathing mask, wheel-powered generator and home air filtration system, he built a “breathing bicycle” as a way of protecting himself from the terrible air pollution that was happening in the capital of China. While pedalling, electricity is generated for the power to activate the system to filter out haze and provide the rider with clean air. This is really a smart creation, the DIY filtration kit could become a great merchandise and every cyclists living in Beijing should get one.
This is our first year of creating a round up post to share our favorite Do-It-Yourself stories. A lot amazing DIY projects were seen from China this year, such as the homemade Lamborghini from villagers and the mini submarine. We also had a touching story on how a Chinese old man build himself a pair of bionic arms after losing both of his hands in an explosion. So, here we go, the top ten list of the most popular DIY project of 2012!
A cycling accessories company in Hong Kong has came out a bicycle USB-Powered generator. BikeCharge Dynamo is a new generation system which is efficient and compact plus weatherproof design, it produces 5-volt DC power that can be used to charge any USB powered device. It is universal and fits to any spoked wheel. There is also a built-in 1W front LED light for night traveling. With a 2-3 hours’ ride, it can fully charges most mobile phones. Now you can start adding juice to your gadgets with your own pedal power. Price at USD$99 (632 yuan), a little expensive. Demo video after the break.
Inventor of roller suit Jean-Yves Blondeau has successfully rolled down the 99 curves and zigzags of central China’s Tianmen Mountain. The mountain is located in Hunan Province, northwestern China. The floating mountains featured in Avatar were inspired by the unique landscape formations from Tianmen Mountain. Previously, we have seen a BASE jumper jumped off from there. Blondeau is known as the French “Rollerman” for his skating speed record of 110 kilometers per hour. His special roller suit is comprised of 10 parts, featuring 32 wheels for increasing speed, it also includes helmet, protective wear, kneepads and armguards. He has prepared two suits for the Chinese mountain challenge to ensure his success …
A Korean instant noodles company has made some creative advertisement in China. They have combined grab handles with their cup noodle product swinging on the bus. This has created an irresistible temptation for the commuter to have a taste of their spicy noodle soup. You should remember the Chinese are crazy on instant noodle. Few more pics after the break.
The Chinese spacecraft which carried three astronauts docked manually with an orbiting module on last Sunday, a first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space. For the uninitiated, the first docking was done via remote control from the ground. It serves as a precursor to establishing China’s first permanent space station, with a 60-ton of facility. The mission has had plenty of firsts for China so far, including the country’s first female astronaut. Watch the two video after the break.
Two Chinese men from the Pukou District in the city of Nanjing has finally perfected their home-built rotorcraft, and they decided to make a test flight to try it. However, it fails to fly… Video after the break.
Migrant workers in Wenzhou city, at southeastern China have created properly the most unexpectedly innovation. The question: how does one transport an electricity pole from point A to B without spending the few extra bucks to hire a truck ? Answer: attach the motor of a tractor to one end of the pole, and then lay it across a modified three-wheel wagon-bed that allow to seat for ten people. A local police who saw this said no one had seen anything like it before. The Chinese are always very ignorant on road safety …
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