Why Is China Building Gigantic Structures In The Middle Of The Desert?

This is crazy. New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes. Is this a military experiment? Updated.

They seem to be wide lines drawn with some white material. Or maybe the dust have been dug by machinery.

It's located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert. It covers an area approximately 1.6km long by more than 914m wide.

The tracks are perfectly executed, and they seem to be designed to be seen from orbit.

Perhaps it's some kind of targeting or calibrating grid for Chinese spy satellites? Maybe it's a QR code for aliens? Nobody really knows.

You can check it out yourself in Google Maps here.

The second structure seems to be some kind of giant targeting grid, also north of the Shule river.

If you zoom in, you can see vehicles destroyed. It's west of what seems to be a fairly big electrical station or a radio station similar to HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program located near Gakona, Alaska, and funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and DARPA.

You can investigate here and tell us what you think in the comments.

The third one I don't know what the hell it is either, and it's perhaps the craziest of them all: thousands of lines intersecting in a titanic grid that is about 30km long. Another targeting grid? A big practical joke? You can inspect it here. [Google Maps, Google Maps and Google Maps via Reddit]

Update: Readers are finding even more weird stuff.

A grid similar to the first one is located here.

This one seems like another target, this time arranged radially, with planes and obstacles.

Here is a weird airport-like structure. Except it's bright cyan. Seems full of water or made of a weird material. And look at the other airport-like structure next to it. Perhaps a decoy?

This is a huge complex, 16km by 8km at least. Are these huge precipitation pools of some kind? If you zoom in Google Maps (see the image below this one), you could see two cooling towers like those used in nuclear plants, as well as several water treatment plants.

The Chinese have been building huge structures in the desert for a long time. Back in 2006, they built this 1:20 scale model of disputed border region between China and India. That's a terrain model 0.7km wide by almost 1km tall. Uncanny. Why would they build such a model of a terrain? To play a 1:20 scale war with 1:20 scale tanks? Mind boggling.



    Maybe just to screw with the CIA.

    The first one does look like some kind of cosmic QR code though....

      Hahaha, I was thinking the QR code thing too :oP

    The third one looks like a high resolution seismic or geophysical survey, 3D or 4D maybe.

    Since its in the Gobi id say it was for coal or metals exploration


      I watch the show just to laugh at his hair.

        He looks like he could be Londo's (from Bab5) brother with that hair.

        I'm sure the crazies are going to link this one with extra terrestrials.

    If you go to the top map and then move left there is another QR code looking thing and another interesting structure

      That is more disturbing, as it has straight lines even over very uneven terrain. Orbital microwave/lasers? :)

    I remember a friend telling me a while back about a doco that they watched about china, in which they were building empty cities. Because their economy is so strong, the Chinese were building these cities just because they could afford to, complete with roads, plumbing, electricity - just no people. I'm not saying that this is what this is but it might be something similar

      Jeremy, here is an SBS link to China's Ghost cities, not sure this is what is being shown on google maps though.


      China may be building ghost cities, but they are doing just because they can. China is a poor country; its per capita gdp is below U$5000 (it ranks 91st in the world on per capita gdp). It is a large and fast growing economy, but it remains poor. It does not spend money 'just because it can'.

        China is an EXTREMELY top-heavy economy. If you pull your wonderful stats out and look at the 1.8 billion people.. sure.. you're going to get a "poor" country.. but if you look at the top of the pile, you are going to see how they are able to buy out the debt the US had during the GFC.. how they are able to buy whole islands for the purpose of mining (read: obliterating) it for precious minerals.

        Yes, the average joe lives in poverty.. in many cases, disgustingly bad poverty.. but that doesn't make the country poor it just makes it top-heavy (read: corrupt).

    maybe they were building a chinese area 52

    Hasn't anyone seen 2012?

      We're boned.

      I totally watched that documentary last night

    First picture is a artist's work. I have seen the similar works done by some artists who use a lot of Chinese army solders to either dug or lay out the rocks to make some patterns in desert.

    Second is a target ground for either missile of other type of artilaries firing.

    Third one is illusion of either solar power grids attached to the satellite or grid printed on the camera lens. It does not look like any real thing on the groung. If you look closely, you can see the verticle grids that is not very clear. It difinetely not a real object on the ground.

      I thought the same about the third one too, but when you zoom right in, you can see they aren't perfectly formed like you would expect from something printed or reflected, they are actually tracks, and there are irregularities in them. ie: not perfectly straight lines.

    Just putting this out there, but maybe we could ask them.

      What a stupid idea. We could just assume the worst and use these images for inflammatory scaremongering. Do you even watch Fox News?

        jesus diaz kind of junk through and through. and now he's an editor of some description....

    The top pic looks like a QR code.

    Hardly something to be seen from space, have you tried zooming right out in Google maps? it's barely a pixel.

    Hey! look over here! No no, not over there.. over heeere!!

    What? No Street view?

    There are lots of curious things there once you start to look. e.g. a couple of objects that look like airstrips but are bright blue.

    Also, the lines on the bottom one don't change perspective, even though the ground seemt o b hilly. Could they be suspended above the ground?

      Yeah the bright blue things are the most intriguing ImO. SO GLOWY! o.0


    The first one is an antenna booster. They weren't getting the best reception with their iPhone4.

    China has many cities that it has built from scratch. just started building them out in the middle of nowhere.

    there is entire beautiful cities, full of buildings that are completely empty, its overdevelopment to the max!

    these are probably images of some road grids started to build cities than later abandoned.

    Check this on out 40.458736,93.313107 you need to zoom all the way in

      Weird. It looks like the layout for a solar concentrator/collector array, although no parts actually look like solar panels and there's some aircraft right in the centre.

        The aircraft look like old migs and they're surrounded by some kind of monoliths, rock wall, whatever, so they can't take off! If it was anyone else but the Chinese I'd say some kind of spectacular art, but the Chinese are quite inscrutable so, maybe they're talking to ET?

      That, my good sir, is a missle/bomb/explosives test site. It is laid out like that so they can see the effects of a blast. It gives you an idea accuracy, damage capabilities and blast radius.

    I think the Chinese new Google was collecting all this and decided to mess with the rest of the world. I like it.

    For those of you looking for a "Google Street View".. there is an alternative to the banned Google.. there is city8.com.. it's all in Chinese of course and there is only cities but it is still just as cool as Street View is.

    If you can read Chinese, you're set.. if not.. the controls are fairly straight forward. Also, place 2 letters of the cityname in front of the doman name to go to the various cities. Of course sometimes that won't work because two cities might share the same two letters... but for the major cities, you should be fine.

    For example:
    Shanghai - sh.city8.com
    Beijing - bj.city8.com
    Hangzhou - hz.city8.com

    Looks like nuculear testing sites.

    There are bunkers here


    Bomb blast sites here


    Look at the top one on Google Earth, not maps, and use the timeline feature to too at past images. April 14, 2005 the thing was being build. Only to be done by the 30th of May 2005. Google Earth is way better at looking at that stuff as if lets you see past imagery.

    So wind farm on the right but are these missile silos on the left?

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