Mystery of UFO research puzzles scientists
By Wu Chong (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-06 05:52
Authorities in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province,
announced yesterday that they had received 160 million yuan (US$20 million) from
a Taiwan-based company to construct a UFO research base.
Some people in
Guiyang's Baiyun District believe they were visited by aliens in
Some people in the city's Baiyun District believe they were visited by aliens
in 1994, and with this new research base, they hope to reproduce the mysterious
moment, through photos and historical documentation.
On November 30, 1994, more than 27 hectares of masson pines in a forest farm
in the district mysteriously fell down. However, nearby plastic shelters stood
An adjacent truck factory reported similar enigmas: steel pipes were
strangely broken; a huge truck was found more than 20 metres away from its
original place; an employee on the night shift said he had been pulled up in the
air by an "unknown" force.
While some thought it was UFOs that did all these strange things, scientists
said after a field trip that thunder, lightning and tornados were the probable
Wang Fangchen, a biologist who visited the site right after the event, said
the city's plan to build a UFO research base is "ridiculous."
"Where do they recruit scientists for the research?" he asked, before adding:
"I won't oppose it if they just want to promote local tourism through the
Li Jing, a senior astronomer with the National Astronomical Observatories,
echoed the view.
Li said China does not have an official UFO research institute because "it
needs scientists of various disciplines."
"It can be an atmospheric phenomenon, or a biological issue, or a physical
reaction," Li said.
"People often mistake planes, clouds and insects, as well as strange shadows
on photographs, as being UFOs," said Zhou Xiaoqiang, secretary-general with the
Beijing UFO Research Association.
"If aliens really came, they would more likely appear before our eyes
politely than hide themselves."