The Lanzhou screw is a mysterious object discovered in recent years that seems to challenge mainstream archaeology and history. It was discovered in 2002, and has since then, generated great amount of attention among researchers. The most mysterious part of this object is that, within a piece of rock, a metal screw was discovered. The mysterious pear-shaped stone is about 6×8 cm and weighs around 466 grams. But it is not a common rock and the metal shaped screw inside just adds to the mystery of a rock, that according to researchers is around 300 million years old.

The mysterious black rock has geologists scratching their head. Tests have failed to show the exact composition of the mysterious rock, researchers that include geologists and physicists from the National Land Resources Bureau of Gansu Province, Colored Metal Survey Bureau of Gansu Province, the Institute of Geology and Minerals Research of China Academy, Lanzhou Branch, and the School of Resources and Environment of Lanzhou College, are unsure of the origin of the artifact and point out that at this time, all theories are possible.

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Crescent Lake, China

Yueyaquan is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China. The depth of the lake, a popular tourist spot, had decreased over the years as sand encroached on the site but in 2006, the government started to fill the lake and restore its depth. (Source)

Newly-discovered remains redraw path of Great Wall

YINCHUAN - Archaeologists have discovered ruins of the Great Wall along the border of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region and Gansu province, dispelling a common belief that there were no sections of the wall in this area.

The remains, nine sections with a total length of more than 10 km, are believed to be part of the Great Wall built during the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), according to Zhou Xinghua, former curator of the Museum of Ningxia Hui autonomous region and a Great Wall expert.

The findings, made in March and April by Zhou and other researchers, give historians fresh insight into where the wall was built. “Finally, we’re able to see the whole picture of the Qin Great Wall,” said Zhou. Read more.


In the northwestern Gansu province of China lies the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, a gorgeous expanse of land known for its rainbow-colored rock formations. Standing several hundred meters tall, the multihued rocks are the result of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years ago due to tectonic plate movements. Over the course of millennia, wind and rain have carved the rocks into the technicolor, wildly diverse formations we see today.

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Thought-Provoking Photos Reveal the Complexities of Life As a Chinese Muslim Woman

For Musilin: Call Her Fatimah, photographer Giulia Marchi traces the experience of modern Chinese Muslim women through 22-year-old Ding Lan, one of the many young people studying at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Mostly in their early twenties, Ding Lan, whose Muslim name is Fatimah, and her peers make the journey from their hometowns throughout the provinces Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Henan in hopes of building a deeper understanding of their cultural history outside of China, where they make up the minority population. At the university, students study the Koran and Islamic law while learning to read and write in Arabic.

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From The Dramatic Landscape of China’s Gansu Province, one of 29 photos. Landforms at Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye City, northwest China’s Gansu Province, on July 7, 2014. Danxia, which means “rosy cloud”, is a special landform formed from reddish sandstone that has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations. (Wang Song / Xinhua Press / Corbis)

Gold culture treasure returned to China

China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage revealed on Tuesday that France returned the 32 solid gold antiquities earlier this year.

The ornaments include four solid gold bird’s heads.

They had been stolen by tomb robbers in a small county of China’s Gansu province and smuggled abroad.

Bai Jian, deputy director of the cultural relics bureau in Gansu, says a large number of stolen cultural relics were sent abroad in the 1990s.

“In the early 1990s, tomb robbing was rampant near burial sites dating back to the Qin Dynasty in Li county of Gansu province. The national cultural relics bureau and the local government jointly launched a campaign to crack down on tomb robbing. Some of the treasure was reclaimed by authorities during the campaign. Yet a large amount of it is still missing that has great value in archaeological studies.” Read more.

The Western Yugur People

The Yugur, or Yellow Uygur as they are traditionally known, are one of China’s 56 officially recognized nationalities, consisting of 12,297 persons according to the 1990 census. The Yugur live primarily in Gansù Province, in Sùnán Yugur Autonomous County, within the Prefecture of Zhangyè.
      The Yugur live in an area where four different language groups, Turkic, Mongolic, Chinese and Tibetan converge. The Yugur nationality itself consists in fact of four linguistically different groups.
      The largest of these groups are the Turkic speaking Western Yugur, comprising about 4,600 persons; they mainly live in the western part of the County in Mínghua District, in the Townships of Liánhua and Mínghai, and in Dàhé District, in the centre of the County.
      The Mongolic speaking Eastern Yugur number about 2,800; they mainly live in the County’s eastern part, in Huángchéng District, and in Dàhé and Kanglè Districts, in the centre of the County.
      A very small number of the Yugur reportedly speak Tibetan. They are most likely Tibetans who married into the Yugur community.
      The remaining Yugur of the Autonomous County lost their respective Yugur language and speak Chinese. Another concentration of Chinese speaking Yugur lives outside of Sùnán Yugur Autonomous County, in Huángnibao Township, resorting under Jiuquán City.
      Chinese is the language of contact between the different linguistic groups, and functions as written medium. Both Western and Eastern Yugur are unwritten languages.

The Western Yugur are considered to be the descendants of a group of Uygur that fled from Mongolia southwards to Gansù after the collapse of the Uygur Empire in 840 A.D. The Eastern Yugur are probably the descendants of one of the Mongolic speaking groups invading northern China during the Mongol conquests in the thirteenth century. From this it may be conjectured that the Yugur people have been living together for about seven centuries.

Today, the Yugur people are predominantly employed in animal husbandry, but as the economical conditions are strenuous, young people try to find a living in cities elsewhere, such as Zhangyè, Lánzhou and Beijing.


После того как я где-то в инете увидел дорогу упирающуюся в дюны, я решил, что обязательно должен побывать там. Эта дорога ведет в платную пустыню - вход около $30. На территории находится знаметитое на весь Китай озеро. Меня больше впечатлили сумасшедшей высоты дюны. Высота над уровнем моря около 1500 метров, я забирался туда около часа - подъем был метров 400. Для туристов кроме оранжевых чехлов на ноги придумали лесенку как на седьмой фотографии. Подниматься без нее очень тяжело, я останавливался после каждого десятого шага. На последней фотографии двое крутых чуваков, которых я встретил там. Я думаю, что я путешествую, чтобы встречать таких вот людей - добрых и открытых. 

After I first saw pictures of the road that goes straight into the desert I firmly decided to go there one day. This road as it appeared leads to the crescent-shaped lake named Yueyaquan that is near to Dunhuang town. To see it you`ll have to pay about $30. The thing I liked much more were huge dunes. The highest one I climbed was 1500 meters. It is very difficult to walk up the dune. For that reason tourists walk in special oranges anti-sand shoes and climb using ladder like on the 7th picture. On the last pictures two great dudes I met there. I guess I travel to meet this kind of people - kind and open.

13 World Mysteries Without Explanation

Chinese mosaic lines 

These strange lines are found at coordinates: 40°27’28.56″N, 93°23’34.42″E. There isn’t much information available on these strange, yet beautiful mosaic lines carved in the desert of the Gansu Sheng province in China.

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Some records indicate they were created in 2004, but nothing seems official. Of note, these lines are somewhat near the Mogao Caves, which is a World Heritage Site. The lines span a very huge distance and yet still retain their linear proportions despite the curvature of the rough terrain.     Unexplained stone doll

The July 1889 find in Nampa, Idaho, of a small human figure during a well-drilling operation caused intense scientific interest last century. Unmistakably made by human hands, it was found at a depth of 320 feet which would place its age far before the arrival of man in this part of the world.

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  The find has never been challenged except to say that it was impossible.  

The first stone calendar
In the Sahara Desert in Egypt lie the oldest known astronomically aligned stones in the world: Nabta. Over one thousand years before the creation of Stonehenge, people built a stone circle and other structures on the shoreline of a lake that has long since dried up. Over 6,000 years ago, stone slabs three meters high were dragged over a kilometer to create the site. Shown above is one of the stones that remains. Although at present the western Egyptian desert is totally dry, this was not the case in the past. There is good evidence that there were several humid periods in the past (when up to 500 mm of rain would fall per year) the most recent one during the last interglacial and early last glaciation periods which stretched between 130,000 and 70,000 years ago.

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 During this time, the area was a savanna and supported numerous animals such as extinct buffalo and large giraffes, varieties of antelope and gazelle. Beginning around the 10th millennium BC, this region of the Nubian Desert began to receive more rainfall, filling a lake.  Early people may have been attracted to the region due to the source of water.  Archaeological findings may indicate human occupation in the region dating to at least somewhere around the 10th and 8th millennia BC.  

    300 million year old iron screw

In the summer of 1998, Russian scientists who were investigating an area 300 th km southwest of Moscow on the remains of a meteorite, discovered a piece of rock which enclosed an iron screw. Geologists estimate that the age of the rock is 300-320 million years.

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At that time there were not only intelligent life forms on earth, not even dinosaurs. The screw which is clearly visible in the head and nut, has a length of about cm and a diameter of about three millimeters.     Ancient rocket ship

This ancient cave painting from Japan is dated to be more than 5000 BC.

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Sliding stones
Even NASA cannot explain it. It’s best to gaze in wonder at the sliding rocks on this dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park. Racetrack Playa is almost completely flat, 2.5 miles from north to south and 1.25 miles from east to west, and covered with cracked mud.

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The rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds, slide across the sediment, leaving furrows in their wakes, but no one has actually witnessed it.     Pyramid power

Teotihuacan, Mexico. Embedded in the walls of this ancient Mexican city are large sheets of mica. The closest place to quarry mica is located in Brazil, thousands of miles away. Mica is now used in technology and energy production so the question raised is why did the builders go to such extremes to incorporate this mineral into the building of their city.

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Were these ancient architects harnessing some long forgotten source of energy in order to power their city?

Dog Deaths

Dog suicides at The Overtoun Bridge, near Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland. Built in 1859, the Overtoun Bridge has become famous for the number of unexplained instances in which dogs have apparently committed suicide by leaping off of it.

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The incidents were first recorded around the 1950′s or 1960′s when it was noticed that dogs – usually the long-nosed variety like Collies – would suddenly and unexpectedly leap off the bridge and fall fifty feet to their deaths

Fossilized giant
The fossilized Irish giant from 1895 is over 12 feet tall. The giant was discovered during a mining operation in Antrim, Ireland. This picture is courtesy “the British Strand magazine of December 1895″ Height, 12 foot 2 inches; girth of chest, 6 foot 6 inches; length of arms 4 foot 6 inches. There are six toes on the right foot

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The six fingers and toes remind some people of  Bible passage 2 Samuel 21:20 ”And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant”    Pyramid of Atlantis?
Scientists continues to explore the ruins of megaliths in the so-called Yucatan channel near Cuba. They have been found for many miles along the coast. American archaeologists, who discovered this place, immediately declared that they found Atlantis (not the first time in history, underwater archaeology). 
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Now it’s occasionally visited by scuba divers, and all other interested can enjoy only in surveying and computer reconstruction of the buried water city of a millennium age.     Giants in Nevada

Nevada Indian legend of 12 foot red-haired giants that lived in the area when they arrived. The story has the Native American’s killing off the giants at a cave. Excavations of guano in 1911 turned up this human jaw. Here it is compared to a casting of a normal man’s jawbone. 

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In 1931 two skeletons were found in a lake bed. One was 8′ tall, the other just under 10′ tall.     Inexplicable Wedge On the bank of Mures River in Transylvania, near the city of Aiud, in 1974, an aluminum wedge was found among 20,000 year-old Mastdon bones, encased in one millimeter thick layer of oxides that shows it to be at least 300-400 years old. Aluminum is always found mixed with other metals but it was pure aluminum. 
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This 300 year old artifact is anomalous because aluminium was not discovered until 1808 and not produced in quantity until 1885. It’s still under research at an undisclosed location.      

Lolladoff plate

‘The Lolladoff plate’ is a 12,000 year old stone dish found in Nepal. It seems that Egypt is not the only place that has been visited by Aliens in ancient times.  It clearly shows a disk shaped UFO.   There is also a figure on the disc looking remarkably similar to a Grey alien.  
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Tragic Pictures Of China’s Twin Earthquakes Reveal Destruction Of Lives And Homes

At least 89 are dead. More than 21,000 buildings damaged; 1,200 have collapsed.

Twin earthquakes rocked China’s northwest province of Gansu. The death toll is 89, with more than 500 people injured, according to latest reports.

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Around 700 rescue workers were present and more than 2,000 soldiers, 300 police, 50 medical staff and two helicopters have been sent to the area, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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The government of Dingxi city said on a social media account that 14 people were still missing.

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Twelve people were buried in one location, reported the state-run broadcaster CCTV.

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Electricity and communication were cut in the two worst affected areas.

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The earthquakes, with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6, caused landslides burying many crudely-made local homes in the hilly farming area of Dingxi city, reported the AFP.

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