It’s widely recognised that American inventors such as Alexander Bell, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford helped turn the American dream into a reality.
But these days, many inventors are coming from a different economic juggernaut — China. According to China Daily, 210,000 invention patents were given out in the country last year, a 25% increase over 2011.
In this slideshow we’ve included pictures from China’s DIY inventors: industrious men and women inventing in their backyard.
(An earlier version of this story was written by Rebecca Baird-Remba and Adam Taylor.)