Chinese city mirage debunked

What was considered as a ghostly mirage of a city skyline over a Chinese river earlier this month, turns out to be a case of bad Chinese translation.

The Daily Mail reported an apparition of towering skysrapers, buildings and trees was seen rising up from a mist hanging over the Xin'An River in Huanshan City.

Video footage also managed to capture the misty river and skyline, calling it a "mirage".

Blogger Auki Henry and presenter for Australian motor sports show HighRPM, attributes the mirage to "bad Chinese translation combined with hyper-sensationalist reporting".

In his blog, Henry states that all the buildings in the footage are real buildings and not mirages or illusions, as reported by The Daily Mail.

The buildings and trees physically exist, and they stand exactly where they were filmed. The only thing out of the ordinary was that they are surrounded by floodwater and mist, wrote Henry.

Huangshan City in Anhui Province was one of the cities affected by flooding this year and in June, water had exceeded warning levels in reservoirs.

Henry claims that video footage of the floods and of the waters slowly rising were broadcast, sensationalised and spread by the Western media with a completely incorrect story.

The media reports also said that some have suggested that the extraordinary apparition could be a 'vortex' to a lost civilisation and Daily Mail claimed that it was one of the clearest mirages ever recorded.

The video went viral on YouTube and has received millions of views.

klim@sph.com.sg