View Full Version : Ghost city appears above Xin'an River

Magda Hassan
06-27-2011, 06:58 AM
City appears over Chinese river
Residents think it's a "vortex"
Scientists say it's a great mirage



IT looks like any other city skyline with skyscrapers, a few mountains and trees - except it isn't real.

The giant mirage appeared across the skyline near in East China earlier this month after heavy rainfall and humid conditions along the Xin’an River.
As mist settled over the river at dusk, tall buildings appeared to rise from nowhere, leading residents in nearby Huanshan City to speculate that the vision may be a "vortex" to a lost civilisation.
Scroll down to see amazing footage of the ghost city
"It's really amazing, it looks like a scene in a movie, in a fairlyland," one resident told UK news channel ITN.
The mysterious city had vanished just as quickly as it had come.
Scientists have quashed the vortex theory and, as per usual, have a simple explanation for the incredible sight.

They believe it may have been a mirage, caused when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the temperature of the water below.
When rays of sunlight cross from the colder air into the warmer air they are refracted or bent – creating a reflection in the air that looks similar to a reflection in water.
It's a common sight for many travellers on Australian roads. But we Australians tend to see puddles of water that disappear when you get close, not entire cities floating on rivers.
Don’t get it? Here’s a scientist to explain

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/mirage-of-a-city-appears-in-huanshan-city-in-east-china/story-fn5fsgyc-1226082498230#ixzz1QSO9yQAI


Magda Hassan
06-27-2011, 08:05 AM

Jan Klimkowski
06-27-2011, 05:46 PM

Fourmillante cité, cité pleine de rêves,
Où le spectre en plein jour raccroche le passant!

Loose translation:
Ant-seething city, city full of dreams,
Where ghosts by daylight tug the passer's sleeve.

From Fleurs du mal, Les Septs vieillards by Charles Baudelaire

Charles Drago
06-27-2011, 07:38 PM
Then there is the "ghost regiment" that rode above the 7th Cavalry as it departed Fort Abraham Lincoln on its march into mystery.

Jan Klimkowski
06-27-2011, 07:57 PM
The Garden of Forking Paths is an incomplete, but not false, image of the universe as Ts'ui Pên conceived it. In contrast to Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not believe in a uniform, absolute time. He believed in an infinite series of times, in a growing, dizzying net of divergent, convergent and parallel times. This network of times which approached one another, forked, broke off, or were unaware of one another for centuries, embraces all possibilities of time. We do not exist in the majority of these times; in some you exist, and not I; in others I, and not you; in others, both of us.

Translation of a passage from Jorge Luis Borges' The Garden of Forking Paths