Friday, May 12, 2006

The City That Wasn't



What you see isn't necessarily what you get.


Thousands of tourists and local residents witnessed a mirage of high clarity lasting for four hours off the shore of Penglai City in east China's Shandong Province on Sunday.

Mists rising on the shore created an image of a city, with modern high-rise buildings, broad city streets and bustling cars as well as crowds of people all clearly visible.

The city of Penglai had been soaked by two days of rain before the rare weather phenomenon occurred.

The mirage took place during the week-long Labor Day holiday. The small city received over 30,000 tourists on Sunday.

Experts said that many mirages have been recorded in Penglai, on the tip of Shandong Peninsula, throughout history, which made it known as a dwelling place of the gods.

They explained that a mirage is formed when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the temperature of sea water, which refracts rays of sunlight to create reflections of the landscape in the sky.

Rare Mirage Lasts for 4 Hours off East China Shore
2006-05-07 19:57:23 Xinhua Photo: China Photo Press

2 Comments:

At Fri May 12, 10:03:00 AM MDT, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

I think the Chinese MSM is bullshitting us.

Much like the Free World MSM does, right?

A mirage that looks for all the world like a city?

Screw that... I prefer my mirages to look like Liberal governments... get it? They're nonexistent! (At least in Canada, for the time being).

In other news, the Chinese MSM reports that the Canadian Sentinel is having an affair with Shania Twain... and that Paul Martin joins the Conservative Cabinet...

 
At Fri May 12, 07:23:00 PM MDT, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Nooooooooo .... does this mean there's a bazillion of them instead of a billion .... sheeesh... ;-)

 

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