The Chinese Ghost City phenomena is getting pretty interesting. We’re not talking about the upwards of 50 cities the Chinese Government has built and now stand deserted. No, we’re talking about actual Ghost Cities here.
In case you’re unfamiliar, here are the basics. For some time now cities have been mysteriously appearing in the distance in China. You’ll be standing around having a coffee, admiring the view of a lake or a field, and out of nowhere a traditional Chinese village will appear somewhere far off. A few moments later, it’s gone.
In this latest video posted on The Peoples Daily YouTube channel, that’s exactly what we see happen. As the video pans across the water front, we can see a traditional Chinese Ghost City appear way off in the background.
The Ghost City appears just past Hongze Lake in Chinas Jiangsu territory. While The Peoples Daily report this as a mirage, those familiar with the area aren’t so sure. Locals have taken to social media saying that there’s no such traditional village in this direction. If there’s no city like this over the horizon, what’s causing the mirage?
Many people are doubting the idea of a mirage because of the moving boats. The idea being that moving objects would create a natural contrast to a mirage. Unfortunately, that’s simply not true. A mirage can easily occur with a multiple moving objects moving in front of it as long as the moving object and the reflective light rays causing the mirage are at different distances. There’s also a fair amount of heat haze in the video, which can certainly cause a mirage this size.
So, mirage or an actual Chinese Ghost City? It’s tough to say with the little information we have. August is Ghost Month after all. It’s possible the ancestors decided to make a real splash this year.