China unveils 82-foot bus

Can cost up to $258,000


Fancy gadgets aren't the only products deserving of their own trade shows, you know. There are plenty of other innovations celebrated within their respective industries--even buses. That's right, like the kind you pay tokens to ride.

As every schoolboy knows, the Busworld Asia 2007 convention was held in Shanghai this year, though you may not have been aware of its main attraction: a bus that measures a full 82 feet long. This serpentine form of public surface transportation, which can hold 300 passengers, will be used mostly for the commute between Beijing and Hangzhou, according to Spluch. It had better be a well-traveled line to recoup the cost of this monster, which is estimated at up to $258,000--three or four times more than the standard bus in China.

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