1. Short Annotation to Chinese Pyramids
A report from the First Expedition 5-19 of January, 2008
For many centuries China used to be a mysterious eastern land for the western world. The Silk Road was a unique link between European and Chinese civilizations. Seldom travelers ventured to pass thousands of miles to unknown territories where people spoke another language and prayed to their own gods.
By the end of 20th century China turned to be a major destination for thousands of visitors from all over the world thanks to open borders and globalization. The Great Wall, authentic temples and green parks of Beijing, legendary monasteries of Luoyang together with modern skyscraper districts of Hong Kong and Shanghai create unique mixture of ancient legacy and advanced technological achievements that attracts tourists to visit this land.
Seems that everything has already been discovered and examined in China in terms of archeology and topology by far, however in the center of the country, in the vicinities of Xi’an (the administrative center of Shaanxi province) there are hundreds of ancient pyramidal structures of different shapes and sizes with equal faces and flat tops.
The first record about so-called Chinese pyramids was made in 1912, when the travel agents Oscar Maman and Fred Shroeder reported of colossal structures observed in China. Shroeder mentioned eight pyramids, especially he was fascinated by the largest of them:
"It was more eerie than if we had found them in the wilderness. Here they had been under the nose of the world, but unknown to the western countries... The big pyramid is about 1,000 feet high (other descriptions estimate 1,000 to 1,200 feet high) and roughly 1,500 feet at the base, which makes it twice as large as any pyramid in Egypt. The four faces of the structure are oriented with the compass points"
When Shroeder and Maman asked Buddhist monks about pyramids they noticed that already in the monastery books of 5000 years old those structures were already considered as very ancient and unexplored.
During World War II a US Air Force pilot James Gaussman was flying between China and India, his report to an intelligence officer is very impoant:
"I banked to avoid a mountain and we came out over a level valley. Directly below was a gigantic white pyramid. It looked like something out of a fairy tale. It was encased in shimmering white. This could have been metal, or some sort of stone. It was pure white on all sides. The remarkable thing was the capstone, a huge piece of jewel-like material that could have been crystal. There was no way we could have landed, although we wanted to. We were struck by the immensity of the thing."
This story about colossal pyramid called White Pyramid was published in 1947 in the New York Times and was forgotten for half of century until 1994 when German traveler Hartwig Hausdorf visited a valley of pyramids in central China. He was one of the first Europeans in modern history which shared his impressions and observations to the public in his book “Die Weisse Pyramide” (The White Pyramid). Later he published “The Chinese Roswell” where he gave a little attention to the White Pyramid. From that time press and then Internet and Hausdorf readers created many myths around Chinese pyramids especially around the White Pyramid.