Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Residents of China's Penglai City, along with thousands of tourists, are said to have witnessed a four hour long mirage off shore, last Sunday.

What is genuinely weird about this mirage is what some of them claim to have seen :
"....a city, with modern high-rise buildings, broad city streets....bustling cars....crowds of people all clearly visible."
Two days of rain had fallen on the city before the mirage appeared. Penglai is said to have been witness to many mirages during the centuries, giving it its nickname as a "dwelling place of the gods".

As strange as the mirage may have been, the truth may be found in the explanation of how mirages occur, according to the China Daily, which reported this story : "...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."

You can, sort of, see some of described details in the photo above, from China Daily. But maybe you just had to be there.

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