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City envy: you can now get hot air balloon rides through Uber in Shanghai

Flo Wales Bonner

Think taxis are a bit basic? So does Shanghai, it seems. Apparently the best way for the city's cool kids to get from A to B is by hot-air balloon. It was revealed at the recent TechCrunch Shanghai that Chinese users in need of a ride will soon have the option to use UberBalloon to carry them off to their destinations in no time at all (well, actually, maybe a bit of time... hot-air balloons aren't exactly known for their speed). Which raises some important questions. Will this pose a threat to the recreational balloon- ride trade? Would the cleaning fee for a balloon be larger than that of a cab if you throw up in it (surely wicker is harder to scrub)? Will the balloons only pick up from certain locations or could you get the fanciest lift home from work ever? Whatever the answers may be, we're sure the concept will take off. 

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