You know the web is pretty english language biased, and Chinese companies
have yet to fully utilize the web to advertise their products. And a teeny
tiny fraction of Chinese have some English. And an even smaller fraction
have the skills to post a products web site in English, so you’re really
will have great difficulty getting info on this moncycle.
I’m not even sure there is a distinction in Chinese between “unicycle” and
“monocycle”. It’s not like you can pick up your ordinary Chinese
dictionary and get a nice picture denoting the nuances of our sport.
Xi’an is large city in the Chinese province of Shaanxi. Over 6.62 million
people live there. I’ve been there and it’s a lovely city.
So here’s what I dug up. Both companies are located in Xi’an and
manufacture bicycles. How you’ll contact them I’m not sure. There’s no
e-mail address. Maybe you can write them a nice letter in simple English
and snail mail it. Or better still have the letter translated and send
it. The postal code will guarantee it gets to the right place, even if
you don’t write the address in Chinese and the postman doesn’t
XI’AN LIGHT INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS IMPORT AND EXPORT CORPORATION
XIAN YUAN DONG IMPORT AND EXPORT JOINT CORPORATION
But with some digging and searching using my Chinese browser, I did find
another photo of the monocycle. These sites require a Chinese browser to
see the text, and, of course, you need to be able to read Chinese.
Chinese Bicycling Web http://www.cyclingsino.net/dulunche/dulunche.htm
China Sports Web
Unicycle Specialty Service Centre
http://www.q114.com.cn/index-dulunche%20.htm This article has another
photo of the monocycle, but the photo is of bad quality. It seems like the
Chinese Ministry of Education has authorized unicycling as an approved
sport for elementary and high school kids. They mention a company called
the Beijing Wantong Jingji Maoyi Kaifa Gongsi that is recognized by the
Chinese Ministry of Education as an approved supplier of unicycles to
schools. This company seems to have a line of unicycles for sale. No web
site nor e-mail/snail mail address is mentioned.
And you thought communism was all bad? It’s not ALL bad. Could it be that
some Communist party member who works at the Ministry of Education is a
unicycle supporter? I’d like to meet them!
don_taiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada
P.S. If there are any native Chinese Mainlander/Taiwanese/Singapore
unicyclists out there reading this please send me an e-mail…
> I know that this subject was discussed a while back (Nov. 2000), but
> since then - has anyone learned the name or source of these big-wheeled
> monsters? Some people saw them in China in 2000. Here’s a photo:
> I want one, even though I hear they’re difficult to master. I have poked
> around the web a fair bit but have come up empty. Any help appreciated.
> - David firstname.lastname@example.org
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