9 Wacky Inventions That Savvy Travelers Use for Chinese New Year (Photos)

Some of the strange gadgets that can be seen on trains in China around Spring Festival. (Images: tour.hinews.cn & city.weekend.cn)
Some of the strange gadgets that can be seen on trains in China around Spring Festival. (Images: tour.hinews.cn & city.weekend.cn)

Chinese New Year starts on Feb. 19 this year, and many people have been making long treks across China back to their hometowns in time for the Spring Festival.

Some of the train rides are over 30 hours long, and people even opt for standing room only carriages to save money.

So it’s definitely handy to have some special contraptions to help with sleeping, going to the bathroom, or just passing the time.

Here are a few of the gadgets that some inventive Chinese came up with to make the journey a bit more comfortable

The rubber chicken

This awkward squawker is meant to make other people move out of the way in crowded train aisles…

The rubber chicken! (Screenshot/YouTube)

The rubber chicken! (Screenshot/YouTube)

Suitcase alarm

This device has two parts: a magnet and a lock. If the suitcase zipper is opened, the alarm will sound to both scare off the thief and let the owner know.

Suitcase alarm. (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

Suitcase alarm. (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

Anti-theft underwear

These briefs are designed for hiding cash from pickpockets with a special zipper pocket or similar.

Very secure underpants. (Image: cityweekend.com.cn)

Very secure underpants. (Image: cityweekend.com.cn)

Adult diapers

I’m not sure that’s what these were invented for… Enough said!

Good for kids and adults! (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

Good for kids and adults! (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

Bathroom bag

A disposable bag that turns urine and other liquids into jelly so you don’t need a bathroom and it’s easier to get rid of. (Too much information?)

Testing out a bathroom bag. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Testing out a bathroom bag. (Screenshot/YouTube)

‘Ostrich pillow’

This special pillow wraps up the whole head, except the eyes, and mouth, like a huge hat. There are even holes on each side where you can rest your hands!? Great for burying your head in the sand to get some privacy.

An "ostrich pillow." (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

An “ostrich pillow.” (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

‘Hard seat treasure’

This looks a bit like a bicycle seat on a metal pole, and acts as a head rest.

Hard seat treasures. (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

Hard seat treasures. (Image: tour.hinews.cn)

Home-made oxygen

DIY chemistry using water, sodium percarbonate, and manganese dioxide with a face-mask—for when your nearest neighbor turns out to be a smoker.

Oxygen kit. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Oxygen kit. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Mini-mahjong table

Could be useful for getting back some of the cost of the train ticket?

 

A travel-size Mahjong board. (Image: cityweekend.com.cn)

A travel-size mahjong board. (Image: cityweekend.com.cn)

 

Incidentally, the man using the oxygen kit above is former physics teacher Zhou Zhou, who invented a special trolley that doubles up as a head rest or a seat, and also carries the breathing device—it’s called a “Grass Roots Travel Treasure!”

Research by Jane Tseng & Ming Yue

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