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Model (scale 1:6). Technically superior to the European wheelbarrow, this form of wheelbarrow has been in use in China since remote times. It can accommodate a much larger wheel, thus reducing the rolling resistance, and by having the wheel almost directly under the load it reduced the weight on the user's arms. Although generally for use with goods, the wheelbarrow could also be used for pasengers, who sat back-to-back on either side of the barrow.