JIAXING, China – A factory in eastern China has been doing a brisk business selling giant inflatable roosters, some as tall as 16 feet, based on a design widely perceived to resemble President-elect Donald Trump.
Yifang Inflatables, a factory in the city of Jiaxing, near Shanghai, began selling the inflatables after images of a large sculpture of a similar design outside a shopping centre in the northern city of Taiyuan went viral on social media last month.
Chinese state media have described the rooster as “sporting the President-elect’s signature hairdo and hand gestures.”
Wei Qing, owner of the factory, said Friday they have sold around 100 of the roosters, in sizes from 2 to 5 metres (7 to 16 feet) tall, to shopping centres in mainland China and Taiwan.
The social media sensation comes as China prepares to celebrate the lunar Year of the Rooster starting Jan. 28, the country’s most important traditional holiday.
“It does seem like it’s got a personality, more so than chickens in previous years” in the Chinese zodiac, Wei said. “But because this is China’s Year of the Rooster, it has gone viral on the internet.”
“I think this chicken is really special, so I decided to manufacture it,” Wei added.
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