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Residents in Huanshan City in East China encountered one of the best and most clearest mirage of their city a few weeks ago after a rainfall. Apparently some believed to be a “ghost city” that materialized over the Xin’an River. Yet others believed that what they were looking at was a real city from another dimension.

A natural phenomenon like this is caused by light being bent by the humidity and it projects an image of an object in the horizon, somewhere above the horizon. Making it appear to be floating.

Residents in a Chinese city have been stunned after a giant mirage of a ‘ghost city’ towered across the skyline.

The apparition appeared earlier this month after heavy rainfall and humid conditions along the Xin’an River in Huanshan City in East China.

Tall buildings, mountains and trees appeared to rise up through the ghostly mist that had descended over the river at dusk. There is usually nothing buy sky across the horizon.
Amazed residents recorded the footage with some even suggesting that it could have been a ‘vortex’ to a lost civilisation.

The pictures have baffled experts who visited the city to check that there were not actually any of the building already there.

It is believed that the sight may have been a mirage – a form of illusion that is common in in humid weather.

The phenomenon is caused when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the temperature of water below.

As the rays of sunlight cross from the colder air into the warmer air it is ‘bent’ or refracted – creating a reflection in the air.

The patterns in the mirage are typically blurred and shimmering with a resemblance to human structures. They are similar to a reflection seen in water.

Although they happen occasionally, the mirage in China is believed to be one of the clearest ever recorded.

-Source: DailyMail

  • Ramon

    I saw this one days ago. Some commented that it is all a mis-translation. The city was always there. Its just a thick layer of mist.

  • thatguyfromsyracuse

    C’mon…

  • Nobbles

    Actually, these “mirages” are nothing but cleverly-disguised Chinese lanterns.

  • Ramon
  • whipthorn

    Yeah, just a dense fog covering the lower buildings. Now I’m not 100% sure with the following picture, but it seems to be the exact building, just at a different angle. There are trees (in the pic on the post, they are at full foliage, but in the link, they have none) in almost the precise spots, and it appears to have the same gray/white buildings in the background. Here’s the link:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Xin'an+River,+Huangshan+City,+East+China.&hl=en&ll=29.709227,118.303613&spn=0.026017,0.07699&sll=39.916254,116.523421&sspn=0.012722,0.019248&z=14&layer=c&cbll=29.709227,118.303613&cbp=11,0,,0,0&photoid=po-45957156

    But again, not 100% sure on the location. Seems to fit pretty well though. Not a ghost city or another dimension, just dense fog in my opinion.

  • Matt S.

    This is all very confusing… So they’re trying to claim these buildings aren’t there on a normal day? B.S. I suppose all the city lights are what?? swamp gas??

  • Matt S.

    Ok, just read Ramon’s post. Spot on if you ask me. Damn British media, what a bunch of idiots.

  • RednGreen

    So glad you guys figured this one out because I was having a hard time differentiating between what was the actual city and what part was the mirage.

    This reminds me of something I heard about the Atari game Donkey Kong. There are different theories but the bottom line is “Donkey” was the result of a mistranslated “Monkey.”

  • LeaLlama9

    Ramon’s link cleared that right up. The whole time I watched, I was thinking “This isn’t how mirages work…this science is iffy”.

    The little diagrams overlaid on the map of the river and city were particularly helpful.

  • ElfishGene

    “Damn British media, what a bunch of idiots.”

    Please don’t insinuate, granted our media can be rather foolhardy at times but no more so than any other countries.

  • Matt S.

    Oh, don’t get me wrong. American media is much, much worse.

  • Thoth Amon

    New Flashes: Chinese Lantern idiot strike again!

    Lack of brain thereof, couple with mountain dew and dorito, manifest into parrot regurgitation of not funny.

  • Morpheal

    If anyone thinks they know which actual skyline, (what Chinese city), that mirage most closely resembles, please email me the name of it.

    It most probably is the skyline of a city, but which one. Definitely not the city it was seen near to, as the residents did not recognize it at all. So it is another city.

    The why may be evident if the skyline can be identified as to a city name.

    [email protected]

  • whipthorn

    @ Morpheal

    Check this google link I provided (you’ll have to copy and paste, as the link is extremely long.) It’s to what I believe is a different angle of the city seen in the film. It’s on the river mentioned, but I couldn’t tell you the city name, as I’m not familiar with how China’s cities are set up on google maps.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Xin‘an+River,+Huangshan+City,+East+China.&hl=en&ll=29.709227,118.303613&spn=0.026017,0.07699&sll=39.916254,116.523421&sspn=0.012722,0.019248&z=14&layer=c&cbll=29.709227,118.303613&cbp=11,0,,0,0&photoid=po-45957156

  • Jed

    its a chinese city being flooded , it was mistranslated because the interviewed resident said it looked like a fairyland due to it being fucking submerged .