Crazy Chinese travel inventions

2013-02-07 12:13
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Best travel inventions

Check out these 10 inventions that changed the face of travel for the better.

Haining - A luggage trolley that converts into a seat and a pole with pads that props up sleepy passengers are just a couple of the gadgets intrepid Chinese have devised to help make their annual New Year train trips home a little more comfortable.

About 200 million people in China are expected to take trains home for the New Year's holiday at the weekend in what has been described as the world's largest annual migration.

Some opt for standing-only tickets on packed trains to save money on trips that can last three days.

This year, Chinese microblogs have been abuzz with gadgets and inventions that could help make gruelling journeys a little easier.

One of the most talked-about is the "Hard Seat Treasure", a metal pole with pads attached that is meant to prop up a sleepy traveller and ensure he or she does not fall out of their seat when they nod off. But not everyone is a fan.

"It's a burden to carry," said Li Kang, a migrant worker from the southwest province of Guizhou who tried it out. "When I lean on it, my body feels suspended."

Former physics teacher and avid amateur inventor Zhou agreed. He invented the "Grass Roots Travel Treasure" - a trolley with what looks like a metal mop handle sticking out of it that converts into a seat.

It also features holders for bottles that Zhou insists can be filled with sodium percarbonate powder and water to make oxygen - a breath of fresh air for anyone suffering in a stuffy, smoky train carriage.

The 67-year-old Zhou has such faith in his gadget he's going to put it to the test himself on a 31-hour train trip.

"I could have bought a ticket for a sleeper but I really wanted to try this out so I can see what doesn't work and improve it," Zhou said at his home in a small city near Shanghai before setting off.

There are lots of other ideas out there.

One user of the Sina Weibo microblog site suggested taking along a squawking rubber chicken to make other passengers get out of the way in crowded aisles.

Another recommended adult diapers.

But the most popular accessory remains a simple plastic bucket, that can be turned over and used as a seat, or for other purposes.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.