In October 2014, BTG China and Gehua-BTG successfully transported a mechanical “Dragon-Horse” and an enormous “Spider” from France to China.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France and the Dragon-Horse was a gift from the French Government to the Chinese Government. The French mechanical Dragon-Horse performance was one of the major events of the 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Dragon-Horse structure is 17 m long, 15 m high, 5 m wide and weighs 47 t. It is operated using the latest in automatic control systems and electronic equipment and it can walk and jump. The second figure used in the same performance was an enormous Spider, which is 5.7 m high, 6 m wide and weighs a total of 37 t. These two mechanical figures performed a colourful and touching story at the celebrations.
The Dragon-Horse was loaded onto an Antonov-124-100 cargo machine, and was flown from Nantes in France to Beijing’s capital airport. The Spider was loaded onto seventeen 40’ containers and shipped by sea freight.
Due to the extraordinary dimensions of the figures, it was a quite difficult and challenging job. The whole project lasted 40 days, including assembly, disassembly and the performance.
More than 100 people worked daily on this project, including many French technical staff and labourers. Furthermore, a lot of heavy-lifting equipment including a total of five 100 t cranes and eight 10 t forklifts were used.
Gehua-BTG was the official freight forwarder for this event and was responsible for activities such as customs clearance, quarantine, collection of the sea and air freight consignments and delivery to the show site. They also took care of the return sea freight and relevant formalities.
BTG China was the onsite handling agent for this event and was responsible for coordinating with the French engineers, renting the forklifts and cranes and assisting with assembly and disassembly.
After the performance, the organizer explicitly complimented BTG China and
Gehua-BTG on doing such an excellent job.
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