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The Ancient Pyramids of China

http://www.lauralee.com/chi_pyr.htm


This long-forgotten pyramid recently was snapped from the air by army photographers in a remote region of western China. Col. Maurice Shehan, Far Eastern director of Trans-world Airlines, was among the first to report the phenomenon.

Washington, March 30. - The giant pyramid reported discovered by an American aviator flying over Shensi Province in China is in a land of pyramids, the heart of ancient Chinese civilization.

If the pyramid is located by exploring parties on the ground, it probably will never rival the famous pyramids of Egypt as a tourist sight. The Chinese pyramids of that region are built of mud and dirt and are more like mounds than the pyramids of Egypt, and the region is little traveled.

May Have Exaggerated Height
American scientists who have been in the area suggest that the height of 1000 feet, more than twice as high as any of the Egyptian pyramids, may have been exaggerated, because most of the Chinese mounds of that area are built relatively low.

The location, reported 40 miles southwest of Sian, is in an area of great archeological importance, but few of the pyramids have ever been explored.  Scientists who have sought to excavate in the region have had difficulties with the local authorities. Like the pyramids of Egypt, it Is expected that the mounds of this area have been looted for centuries by the natives.

Tombs of Ancient Peoples
Pyramids, such as the one reported by the American flier, are the tombs of ancient peoples, with the biggest pyramids containing perrors.

In the same area but east of the tombs of the kings or em- Sian, ancient capital of several Chinese dynasties, is the pyramid believed to be the tomb of Ch’in Shih. Huang-ti, the emperor who built the Great Wall of China some 2200 years ago.

Best estimates are that the newly "discovered" pyramid is at least 2000 years old.



ANCIENT PYRAMIDS IN CHINA
Hartwig Hausdorf, a researcher in Germany, sent over these photographs from his collection, taken during his 1994 trip to the Forbidden Zone in The Shensi Province in China. Estimates for an age are 4,500 years old, but Hausdorf mentions the diaries of two Australian traders who, in 1912, met an old Buddhist monk who told them these pyramids are mentioned in the 5,000 year old records of his monastery as being "very old."

Hausdorf reports: There are over 100 pyramids, made of clay, that have become nearly stone hard over the centuries. Many are damaged by erosion or farming. One pyramid is as large as the Pyramid of the Sun of Teotihuacan in Mexico (which is as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza). Most are flat topped, some have small temples on top. There is a stone pyramid in Shandong, about 50 feet tall. Some incorporate the golden proportion.

BOOKS
Hausdorf is the author of "The White Pyramid" and "Satellites of the Gods." (Will someone please publish these two books, and his third, coming out soon, in English, so I can read them?) Thank you to Hausdorf for giving us permission to post these photos on our website.

RECENT INTERVIEW: "THE CHINESE ROSWELL"
Hausdorf was in the U.S. for a couple of weeks during August. On August 2nd, he was our guest on the radio show. He talked about the pyramids of China, AND about an extraordinary UFO crash, what he calls "the Chinese Roswell." It involves a great number of graves containing skeletons of strange looking humanoid beings with heads too big for their 4 feet, 4 inches tall frames. Along side, were hundreds of these granite stone disks, with strange hieroglyphs that, according to one translation, tell of a UFO crash 12,000 years ago. Legends from the area mention "ugly, yellowish and skinny beings with big heads that came down from heaven a long, long time ago"!










China's Secret Pyramids
by Laura Lee...article from Atlantis Rising Magazine

Pyramids and pyramidal structures are a worldwide phenomena, found in Egypt, Peru, Central America, America's Mississippi Valley, France, Polynesia. Now we can add two more locations, China and Japan.

For decades, one of the few clues that China has pyramids was a grainy, black and white photo of a huge, shadowy, pyramidal form. It is an aerial shot, taken by WWII USAF pilot James Gaussman, as he flew over China delivering supplies from India to Chungking, in the spring of 1945.

Today, thanks to German researcher and author Hartwig Hausdorf, we have many more photos, plus videotape and his eyewitness report of at least a hundred pyramids in China's Shensi Province. An e-mail message hooked me up with Hausdorf. By telephone and fax, we've been corresponding, and he was kind enough to send me two of his books in German. (Will someone please publish his books in English so I can read them?) My friend Jo Curran, fluent in German, read me selected portions of Satellites of the Gods for this article. Hausdorf's other book is entitled The White Pyramid. Hausdorf will be a guest on The Laura Lee Show, the Saturday Night radio show I host, on August 2nd. (See see ad on opposite page on how to tune in.) Here's what I can say thus far.

Hausdorf came by his invitation to Xian, China, and the Chinese pyramids, when he attended a lecture by Erich von Daniken. A personal friend who wrote the foreword to one of his books, von Daniken was the first to bring the ancient astronaut theory to worldwide prominence through a series of popular books. It was at this lecture that he met Chen Jianli. They talked about Hausdorf's research dealing with mysterious artifacts in China, including pyramids. Mr. Chen was born in Xian, and so, despite the official party line, did not consider pyramids in China to be nonsense; as a young boy, he had heard people talk of them. Through his connections in the Chinese capitol, Mr. Chen obtained a special permit for Hausdorf to travel in Xian's forbidden zones. Not once, but twice; in March and October of 1994.

The Chinese don't like to talk about their pyramids. Hausdorf couldn't help but notice that, in talking with high ranking archeologists at the Beijing Academy of Sciences about these pyramids, the reaction was one of panic. Only when shown the Gaussman photo would they reluctantly confirm the existence of just a few pyramidal structures, near Xian. That's where Hausdorf found, not a few pyramids, but ninety to one hundred such structures. There are signs that that attitude is changing. The October 1996 issue of China Today, an official periodical issued in Chinese, German, English, Arabic and French, contains an article about Hausdorf's second expedition through the Shensi pyramids.

It was there that Hausdorf found pyramids either made of, or covered with, clay that has become nearly stone-hard over the centuries. They are undecorated, and partly damaged by erosion and farming. A few have carved stones standing in front of them. What of stone pyramids? That is found in Shandong. It has no steps. It is 50 feet tall, with a small temple at its apex, designed along the golden proportion.

How old are these pyramids? Prof. Wang Shiping of Xian estimates they are 4,500 years old. Hausdorf believes they are older, and tells of the diaries of two Australian traders. They were there in 1910 or 1912 and came across some of the pyramids, writes Hausdorf. When asking an old Buddhist monk, they were told, that the pyramids are not just mentioned in the 5,000-year-old records of his monastery, but said to be very old. That means, they are at least more than 5,000 years old!

In investigating what the Chinese authorities will reveal about the pyramids, Hausdorf was told the story of an emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, who lived between 259 and 210 B.C. Prior to his reign, bitter feuding between rival states for dominance over a splintered China went on from 475 to 221 B.C. It was Emperor Huangdi who ended the fighting. And thanks to the commentaries of historian Sima Qian, who lived from 145 to 86 B.C., we know the existence and location of the emperor's grave, beneath a hill 150 feet tall, planted with grass and trees. The hill, apparently, is man-made. According to Sima, beneath this hill is a 140-foot-tall pyramid with five terraces. The historian's chronicles state that almost 700,000 workers worked on this tomb. The earth was removed down to ground water level. This floor was then poured with molten bronze. On this platform a stone sarcophagus was laid. When the structure was completed, those who knew where the entrance was were silenced; they were entombed alive. To further disguise it, the pyramid was carefully covered with earth and grass to give the impression of a natural hill.

The pyramid's interior was quite elaborate. Sima wrote of an artificial universe painted with stars impressed upon the ceiling of the chamber in which the emperor lies. There was an entire landscape with rivers made out of mercury, somehow held in constant motion. The tomb is well protected against grave robbers, utilizing quite an ingenious security system. Crossbows with mechanical triggers make up an automatic shooting gallery, with a hail of arrows targeting intruders. For a long time, these historical commentaries were considered as mere legends. But new excavations around the outer perimeter of this hill seemed to confirm Sima's chronicles, an analysis of the earth from the immediate area of the great pyramid revealed an exceptionally high concentration of mercury. It would seem the archeologists are taking the stories seriously, as they are reticent to work around this ancient emperor's high-security tomb. We are leaving this tomb under the hill to the future, so the next generation has something to work on, says one of the leading archeologists.

Still, this emperor lived two thousand, not five thousand years ago, so such stories of elaborate tombs cannot explain all of China's pyramids. This is the only one that they can pin with a date and a purpose. The others are complete mysteries.

Wang Shiping is one of the Chinese archeologists looking beyond the standard issue explanations. He has found that one of the newly discovered pyramids is very nearly located at the exact geographical middle point of the country, and concludes that the ancient Chinese must have had astounding methods of measuring. He has also found that on the whole, the pyramids are oriented towards the stars. Which makes sense, after all, some of the oldest records of astronomical observations are Chinese. They were also wise to the ancient knowledge of Feng Shui, geomancy, still practiced today. Wang notes that the orientation of the pyramids up to the time of the Han dynasty, is with their main axis east-west. After that, they were all oriented north-south. Why that is, he cannot say, but is sure it must have a meaning, because the Chinese didn't do anything without consulting the Feng Shui.

Hausdorf also tells the story of how our astronauts saw these pyramids from space. On one of the Apollo Missions, an astronaut, while in orbit over China, saw nine unusual dots on the surface, and took several photos. When developed and enlarged, the photos revealed nine very high pyramids, evenly spaced, in the form of a fan. The location, 170 degrees, 39 minutes East longitude, and 34 degrees, 9 minutes North latitude, is the Taibai Shan Mountain, just over 10,000 feet above sea level, the highest point in the Quin-Ling Mountains, a fair distance southwest of Xian.

In the 1970s, when communication between the U.S. and China improved, the astronaut went to China. He was interested in seeing those pyramids up close. He succeeded. Chinese authorities told him the pyramids were the graves of nine of the eleven emperors of the western Han era, and dated from 206 to 8 B.C. The height of these graves, according to Chinese sources, can be compared to a 40-story building, around 300 feet. This is comparable to Egypt's Giza pyramids.

I'll wager that when mapped, those Chinese pyramids are bound to show a correlation of constellations important to the Chinese, similar to that demonstrated by Robert Bauval in Egypt, the three pyramids of Giza are aligned to one another and to the Nile, in imitation of the three belt stars of the constellation Orion, and historically, as they were aligned to the Milky Way.

Hausdorf's work in the travel industry allows him to move around the world three months of every year, chasing down evidence in support of the ancient astronaut theory. He has turned up evidence for an ancient, alien influence on several Far-East cultures, Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Mongolian. He believes that alien influence can be traced to the present, to modern-day UFO cases. In both his books, he has a chapter on UFO cases in China, including abductions. (Nice to know the UFOnauts aren't just harassing Americans.)

One of the most controversial stories is what Hausdorf calls the Chinese Roswell. It involves a UFO crash, not in 1947, but, according to estimates, 12,000 years ago! At least that's the translation, as read by Prof. Tsum Umnui, of the strange heiroglyph on artifacts found in 1938 by Chinese archeologist Chi Pu Tei. The heiroglyphs wind from center to rim on some of the large granite stone disks, 716 of them, found in graves in the Bayan-Kara-Ula mountains. The skeletons in the graves measure at most four feet four inches tall, with heads too big for the frail looking bones. Legends in the area tell of strange yellowish, skinny humanoid beings with big heads that came from the heavens a long, long time ago. For the rest of this story, and there's plenty more to it, tune in to the interview with Hausdorf on August 2.

Then there are the structures found recently off the coast of Japan. In the spring of 1995, divers looking for clear water heard about a remote island in Okinawa. There they came across huge stone terraces, cut in right angles, punctuated by perfect staircases, precisely cut lanes, and hexagonal columns. So far, five separate sites on three different islands have been found, all 60 to 75 feet under the sea.

Frank Joseph, author of Lost Pyramids of Rock Lake and editor of Ancient American magazine, went to Japan to investigate, and reports that the most accessible site is 170 meters from the southwest end of Okinawa, off the shore near Chatan. Other sites are just off the shore of Aguni Island and Yonaguni island, where a pyramidal platform 80 meters long and 20 meters high, with its tip only 5 meters before the sea's surface, was found. The structures, spread over a 500 kilometer area, seem to be oriented due south.

Joseph likens the sites to the pre-Inca city of Pachacamac, a huge, sacred city with multi-stepped pyramids build at right angles, located just outside of Lima, Peru, and the architecture of the Moches ceremonial center near Trujillo, Peru.

Joseph also points out that James Churchward, who wrote extensively about Mu or Lemuria, predicted that remnants of a powerful civilization centered in the Pacific Ocean would eventually be discovered. The Japanese are quite open to theories involving Mu; it is compatible with their own ancient traditions. And Joseph believes it is not mere coincidence that the names of Japan's first emperors contain a mu,; Jimmu, Timmu, Kammu, are but a few. Mu translates to that which does not exist in Japanese.

Edgar Cayce talks more about Atlantis than Mu, says Joseph, but he did say that at one time, a land mass, and he never referred to Mu or Lemuria as a continent, always a land mass, was physically connected to South America. We now have scientific verification of this. Scripps Oceanographic has just put out a map of the topography of the ocean, and there, off the coast of Peru, is a sunken archipelago, called the Nasca Rise, that was once above water. Today it is less than a hundred feet below the ocean's surface, and extends for several hundred miles.

The ancient Chinese also seemed to know about Mu. In 1900 a Taoist monk came across a cave containing a library, hidden away to avoid the Imperial edict given in 212 B.C. to destroy all texts dealing with the ancient past, which made reference to the Motherland, Mu, and which contained a fragment of an ancient map depicting a continent in the Pacific Ocean.

Television and magazines in Japan have had a field day with their underwater cities. Ancient mysteries researcher and translator Shun Daichi sent me a videotape with serious and extensive TV coverage that included a large, beautifully executed scale model of one of the most impressive structures, with a toy boat suspended by a wire to illustrate the height of the sea's surface. Shun reports that you can draw a straight line connecting the underwater sites with on-land sites of similar design, ancient castles of unknown origin. Some geologists are surmising that the last time this area was above water was a minimum of 12,000 years ago, when the Ice Age ice sheets melted, raising the ocean levels.

Which leads me to two of the most puzzling questions I have about these extraordinary archeological wonders: Why, in the age of instantaneous global communication, did it take two years for the news to reach us, and why haven't American news reports or archeological institutes reported on these newsworthy finds?

 


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Thanks to Hartwig Hausdorf for generously allowing the publication of photos of the Chinese pyramids from his collection. He will speak at the Ancient Astronaut World Conference, along with many other speakers, several imported from afar, in Orlando in August. Call 847-295-8899 for a brochure. And don't miss the chance to hear and talk with Hausdorf live, on The Laura Lee Show, on August 2. Call 1-800-243-1438 for a station near you and the time of broadcast in your area. To view photos of the Japanese underwater structures, visit www.lauralee.com, click on recent guests, then Japan's Underwater Cities Thanks also to Jo Curran for translating selected segments of Hausdorf's book, Satellites of the Gods.

Here is another site with great material:
http://www.earthquest.co.uk/china/china.html

Also this one...don't miss this!

http://web.utanet.at/mahain/Pyramids_in_China.htm






 
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007, 01:50:02 pm »

 Smiley  Wow, great thread, and great links!  This is the most I've ever seen on the white pyramid.  Thanks so much   Grin
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Wouldn't it be a crying shame if the Orientals found Mu before we, in the West, find

Atlantis?   Of course, they seem to have a very cooperative government in these matters,

while ours and the likes of Zawi Hawass hinder all our efforts.


Oh, I forgot:  they don't have the Abramic Religions to worry about.......
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007, 03:15:21 pm »


Xi'an, area of the majority of Chinese pyramids.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_pyramids 
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                                                        Chinese pyramids





From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 
Xi'an, area of the majority of Chinese pyramids.The pyramids of China are approximately 100 ancient mounds, many of which were used for burial. Most of them are located within 100 kilometers of the city of Xi'an, on the Qin Chuan Plains in the Shaanxi Province, central China.

 


Recognition in the West


The introduction of pyramids in China to international attention has come in two stages. Most early stories were focused on the existence of "Great White Pyramid." A photograph of this pyramid in the Qinling mountains was taken by Americans in 1945, but remained in military files for 45 years. US Air Force pilot James Gaussman is said to have seen a white jewel-topped pyramid during a flight between India and China during World War II, but there is scant evidence for a source on this story. However, it is now believed that the Gaussman story was actually based on Colonel Maurice Sheahan, Far Eastern director of Trans World Airlines, who told an eyewitness account of his encounter with a pyramid in the March 28, 1947 edition of The New York Times. A photo of Sheahan's pyramid appeared in The New York Sunday News on March 30, 1947. It is this photograph that later became attributed to James Gaussman.

It is now known, thanks to efforts of Chris Maier, that the pyramid shown in the photo is the Maoling Mausoleum of emperor Wu of Han, just outside of Xi'an. (A Great White Pyramid such as described by Sheahan has not been found.) In 1994, German tour operator and author Hartwig Hausdorf was noted for photographing and studying several pyramids. He drew attention to the structures' existence with his 1994 book Die Weisse Pyramide, the subject of an article in Nexus Magazine in 1995 by Philip Coppens, later translated into English under the revised title The Chinese Roswell (1998).

The pyramids of Xi'an can now be visited on trips from Xi'an and are no longer located in "forbidden zones". Several pyramids have small museums attached to them.






Partial list of Chinese pyramids



Inner Mongolian pyramid, situated 1 kilometer north of Sijiazi (四家子) Town, Aohan County (敖漢旗), vestige of the Hongshan culture. The site of Niuheliang contains a pyramidal structure too.

Maoling (茂陵) Mausoleum contains the tombs of emperor Wudi (156-87 BCE) of the Han dynasty and some family members and proteges.

Yangling mausoleum contains the tomb of Wudi's father, Jingdi.

Pyramid of Gathering (Tibet ou Buthan) : like the white pyramid, it was spotted from a plane during WWII and might not exist as such.

Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum

Zangkunchong (Jiangjunzhong 將軍塚) Step Pyramid in Jilin, "Tomb of the general", is supposed to be the mausoleum of Changsu Wang (cor. 장수왕 ch. 長壽王) (413~491) , king of Koguryo. It belongs to the Koguryo vestiges complex on the World heritage list. Nearby is the Taiwangling (太王陵) Pyramid believed to be the burial of king Kwanggaet'o (cor. 광개토태왕; ch. 廣開土太王) (391-413) ; while twice bigger than Zangkunchong, it is in bad shape and Zangkunchong is touted as the touristic highpoint of the site.






See also



Known pyramids of other cultures

Egyptian pyramids

French pyramids

Mesoamerican pyramids
 
Nubian pyramids

Reported pyramids

Ukrainian pyramids - Archaeological dig site falsely reported as a pyramid in 2006

Bosnian pyramids - Also known as Visočica hill




External links

Video of the pyramids seen from space
 
China's Great Pyramids Controversy

EarthQuest - Pyramids of China

People's Daily - Inner Mongolian pyramid

UnexplainedEarth: China's Lost Pyramids

Google map of the pyramids
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MORE ON PYRAMIDS OF THE WORLD AT :
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The Pyramids of Xi'an

published: January 14,2005

"Today, in the twentieth century, no architect could build a copy of the pyramid of Cheops, even if the technical resources of every continent were at his disposal."

Erich von Däniken

Until recently scant attention was paid to the great funeral mounds of China. Located deep within the country near the ancient capital of Xi'an, they remained inaccessible and unknown to western outsiders for a very long time.

Then in 1947 an article appeared in the New York Times claiming that a Colonel Maurice Sheahan, Far Eastern director of Trans World Airline at the time had spotted an enormous pyramid that "dwarfed those of Egypt." Based on his over-flight estimations, the structure was at least 1,000 feet in height with a width of 1,500 feet.

Curious readers were left with a now notorious photograph of the pyramid that has been the source of much speculation, but with the communist regime in the process of taking control of mainland China, any chance of an expedition to confirm the sighting quickly faded.

Confusing the issue, the pyramid that Sheahan had described did not match the one in the photograph. The one he claimed to have seen had been located at the end of a valley, while the one in the photo was located in the middle of a plain.
                                                   

Over time with no further proof available, the fantasists took over. Eventually it became known as the Great White Pyramid of China, "built of limestone with a crystal capstone." It was either located in China or Tibet depending on who was telling the account.

Finally in 1994 a German research named Hartwig Hausdorf took it upon himself to look into the issue of the Chinese pyramids. By his own claim he ventured into the "Forbidden Zone" and surreptitiously took photos that can easily be discovered on the web with his claims.

Basing his research on the diaries of Australian traders who supposedly were in the region in 1912, Hausdorf states that the pyramids were considered "very old" in the 5,000 year old records kept by a local Buddhist monastery.

In the best tradition of the X-Files - he then goes on to claim a cover up on the part of the Chinese government. They "refused me permission to go there, is this. In the immediate vicinity the Chinese government have built a launch pad for their space program, and of course, the area is sealed off to all foreigners. The Chinese are even more paranoid than the Americans, I think!"

Of course Hausdorf's next statement is "I am left to wonder what it is they are trying to cover up." and a credulous reader is left to believe that the pyramids of Xi'an are the work of extra-terrestrials.

The conceit that the cultures of old were somehow incapable of building monumental structures by themselves is more an indicator of the lack of understanding and education on the part of modern commentators than anything else. What we are faced with is chauvinism towards the accomplishments of the past, with not a touch of racism. Erich von Daaniken and his kind insult the accomplishment of our forerunners.

A critical customer reviewer of Hausforf's book on Amazon writes:

"Hausdorf approaches a fascinating subject without any serious understanding of Chinese mythology and culture. He unfortunately gives equal weight to the hallucinatory poetry of James Merril, dated pulp fiction stories of Western travelers, and second and third hand accounts of strange goings on in Asia. His high seriousness combined with gross inanity make it a very funny read, though. (He should have visited/studied at the ancient Taoist monastaries such as Wu Dang and have delved more deeply into the X'ian enigma by studying Qin Dynasty cosmology/mythology for at least some understanding of a truly "otherwordly" superadvanced culture).

Regarding the claims of great age, pyramidal type structures that date back more than 5,000 years have been found in north China, the work of a neolithic people called the Hongshan whose culture flourished from 4500 to 2250 B.C. Unfortunately for Hausdorf's claims, the pyramids of Xi'an, while old, were erected within historical times.

Nor can the Hongshan pyramid rival in size the later earthen tombs of the Qin and Tang Dynasties, being only three stories in height.

While I have never travelled to Xi'an to view the Chinese pyramids, I did the next best thing. Since I am not as well versed in Chinese culture as I would like to be, I asked someone who was.

A quick response followed.

"... the main pyramid in Xi'an, not the giant one, the first one is the tomb of Emperor Qin shi Huangdi, of the Qin dynasty. You can find a lot of references about him, including the movie Hero.

"As for empress, the giant pyramid, Wu of the Tang dynasty.

Here's some tourist guide and info stuff:

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/qianling/index.htm

 - Yinan Wang
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and...

"...would like to point out that a lot of things from the Chinese pyramid site reminds me of the designs of Egyptian pyramids. I've gone into the burial chambers of some of the excavated tombs and found some interesting similariites. For example, the tombs have ramps that lead down to the burial chambers which are directly under the pyramids. Also, there are small tomb guardians at the entrances to these tombs, and one of them happened to be a sphinx... a body of a lion with the face of man, except it was an Asian face. Also, there were various animal sculptures and carvings, such that that of ostriches and lions, and even unicorns and pegasi. Of course this was around 600-700 ad, so having been in contact with earlier Egyptian dynasties in previous times probably isn't far out of the question.



With permission of Yinan Wang




                               
"As for the tomb interiors, the ramp down has square niches along the site with clay figures and tools to be of use to the person in the afterlife. The first two rooms of the central chamber are filled with paintings of the people of that time and various daily activities. The main burial chamber is painted to look like a normal garden scene with the sarcophagus built to look exactly like a traditional chinese house. The ceiling is painted to look like a night sky, with stars, the moon, and even the milky way galaxy band."

- Yinan Wang
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2007, 03:50:03 pm »









So much for the specious claim that these tombs are off limits!





I'm not sure whether the Emperor shi Huangdi was the originator of the great funeral mounds in China, or if he was surpassing lesser creations previous rulers had built on the plains of Xi'an, (based on Yinan's remarks that would be the case then...). But there is no doubt that like the God Kings of Egypt, shi Huangdi had his mind set on something beyond the vagaries of a mortal life and death. Only eternity would satisfy the founder of the China we know, who apparently had a morbid fear of death.

Emperor shi Huangdi is known in the occidental world as the builder of the Great Wall, the massive construction intended to keep the barbarians out and the Chinese people in. There are claims that over a million men worked on the Great Wall from 220 BC to 200 BC. Those who died on the job were buried within the foundations, "to appease the gods and demons of the north."

His modern day fame grew when the terracotta army was discovered in the late 1970's. Archaeologists (and the world) were amazed when over 6,000 life size figures of horses and soldiers were uncovered in eleven parallel corridors, symbolically guarding the great tomb. The Egyptian pharoahs had armies of dolls, shi Huangdi had an army of statues!

The details of the funeral tomb of the Emperor shi Huangdi, of the Qin dynasty are well documented in The Historical Records of Sima Qian, there is absolutely no mystery at all regarding it's age and construction.

700,000 laborers were employed to build the funerary site. Underground rivers were diverted and an immense mound raised up over the Emperor's burial chamber. The burial chamber if it is to be believed, was a scale model of the dominions of shi Huangdi, covered by a huge copper dome of the night sky. Rivers of quicksilver flowed through the model - representing the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers (hence the rumors of mercury poisoning at the site.) And in the best Indiana Jones fantasy, lethal traps such as automated crossbows at the very least have been built into the burial chamber.

It should also be pointed out that the funeral mounds of Xi'an were meant to have trees and shrubs planted on them. The modern conceit that the Chinese government is trying to hide them doesn't have any validity.

There is even a cgi reconstruction of Emperor shi Huagdi's tomb online at:



For more on the Chinese pyramids I strongly recomend Yinan Wang's website, which he updated in the wake of my questions.

Without Yinan's knowledge and gracious response, this article would not have been possible. Thank you!


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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2007, 03:58:31 pm »

 Shocked  Great Ceasars Ghost! This is super!  How do you gals find all this great stuff!  Yesterday all I'd read on this was a brief mention in Von Danagen and Childress.  Now there's a entire chapter of a book on it here.  This is better than have an unlimited charge card for books at Adventures Unlimited, LOL.  Cool 

My only disappointment  is that there's no crystal capstone on any of them, LOL.   Roll Eyes
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Stop it now, Sungate.  NO whining allowed!!!

Give us time!!!


BTW, That's VonDaniken's site with the fancy header.

The old boy still has IT!!! And he was WUNDERKIND when I was young!!!
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2007, 12:48:20 am »

Don't miss Yinan Wang's website!  http://www.trilobia.com/pyramids.htm
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 Smiley  Sorry "B".  Take all the time you need ladies.  I wait patiently for more goodies, LOL.  (Drat!  I knew I should have googled Erik's last name, LOL)
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                                               The Pyramids of China- Updated
 




These are pictures of the pyramids taken from a road to the airport.

  A few years ago, back around 1997 or so, I made this page to document some of the pyramids and mausoleums around the city of Xian. Of course, that was back in early highschool so I made a lot of documentation mistakes and put the wrong names to various dynasties. Here is the corrected version.
Scattered in the region around the ancient capital of Xian are over a hundred dirt mounds resembling pyramids. Although some people say that they are of extraterrestrial origins, they are simply mausoleums.
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Above: The tomb of Qin shi Huangdi,  first emperor of the Qin dynasty.
The pyramid is about 150 ft tall and 1000ft on each side.
It was recorded to be 450 ft tall back when it was built around 210 BC.





Most of the pyramids range from 20 to 200 ft in height and 50 to 600 feet in width. All of the pyramids face exactly north, south, east and west. The oldest of these pyramids is the tomb of Qin shi Huangdi, first emporer of the Qin dynasty. Near his pyramid is the site of the world famous terra cotta soldiers.
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                The so called "Great White" pyramid: The tomb of Empress Wu of the Tang dynasty:











The largest pyramid in the region is that of Empress Wu, of the tang dynasty. Empress Wu was the first female leader of China and her tomb was constructed around 700 AD. The tomb is exceedingly large, almost a full kilometer (3000 ft) tall. The structure was originally a small mountain which had mud piled around it until it was shaped into a pyramid. It doesn't look like a pyramid from all sides, which is probably why many western adventurers can't find it.




Seen from the side.
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