Strange Area in China
Odd Markings in Xinjiang (Sinkiang) Region
Area A White Lines
40°27'02.68"N, 93°44'37.82"E
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Large Test Area for Chinese Military similar to the Nellis Bombing Range, NV?

At present we have little information on this area and have just scanned areas of interest. Even on Google Earth there is little info save a few people's questions...

There is one facility that belongs to China's version of the HAARP program but it is not listed in the Chinese CRIRP directory of sites; China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP)

As we get details I will add the captions...

It also appears that this area is hit by severe flooding from time to time judging by the silt deltas over the patterns and the many large causeways in the area

Area B, C and D Overview
40°29'07.62"N, 93°29'07.72"E
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Re: Very unusual site in China by scham #1230682

This Site was a Chinese missile test centre, and a lot of area is developed for tourists attraction. but some facility such as the fake runways are still under military control.

1950s, this site was chose by Soviet scientists as the first Chinese nuclear weapon test site, but the Chinese authority refused this suggestion due to its small scale and location. and just used it as missile test facility.

http://www.people.com.cn/GB/paper81/653/75885.html

Area B Chevron and Square
40°29'54.43"N, 93°28'30.53"E
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Area C Runway
40°28'50.56"N, 93°28'28.67"E
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Area D Runway and Spheres
40°28'50.14"N, 93°30'00.03"E
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The whole area is covered in vehicle tracks. Seems a well used area
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Area E Square and Grid
40°27'28.65"N, 93°23'12.67"E
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Chinese Military
By metallurgist

Accession Number : AD0857631 Title : Probability of Kill by a Semi-Random Pattern. Descriptive Note : Rept. for Nov 66-Oct 67, Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA ENGINEERING SCIENCE OPERATIONS Personal Author(s) : Duroux, J. W. Report Date : 14 JUL 1969 Pagination or Media Count : 42 Abstract : In this analysis, a model is formulated to compute the probability of killing a system of targets with a semi-random pattern of projectiles. The projectiles have regularly spaced nominal points from which their positions vary according to independent bivariate normal distributions. A Monte Carlo simulation is used to obtain probabilities of hit on the individual targets. The probability of kill given a hit is obtained using an individual kill criterion for each target. The probability of kill on the target system results from a logic function which expresses system survival in terms of the individual target survival states. Any level of complexity involving redundancy of targets and multiple hit requirements may be accommodated. The model has been programmed for digital computation. Sample results for some cases of general interest are presented in the report. (Author) Descriptors : *KILL PROBABILITIES), (*ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, CLUSTER WARHEADS), (*CLUSTER WARHEADS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, TARGET DISCRIMINATION, MONTE CARLO METHOD, INTERCEPTION PROBABILITIES, SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL), VULNERABILITY, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. Subject Categories : ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELE 

Gobi Desert Pattern

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Area F Large Antenna Array
40°24'15.91"N, 93°38'09.74"E
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China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP)
Home Address: National Key Lab of Electromagnetic Environment, China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP), P.O. Box 6301, Beijing 102206, China,
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Area G Target Area?
40°24'49.09"N, 93°35'02.72"E
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Area H Odd Landscape and Huge Causeway
40°30'54.70"N, 93°32'22.89"E
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Section of a very large and long causeway
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Area I Landing Strip
40°27'25.30"N, 93°32'40.48"E
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Area J Circular Bombing Target
40°27'25.30"N, 93°32'40.48"E
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Large circular target

"The circular area with the planes in the middle is a missile impact test target, used to test the warhead effectiveness of Chinese missiles. The planes and other objects are used to document the warhead blast effectiveness.

Just to the west of the circular area are two buildings, possibly just stacked shipping containers, also used to test warhead effectiveness.

This leads me to believe the fake runway and the white lines are all part of a testing area, and the lines on the ground are somehow used to measure impact and explosive effectiveness of the warhead. The fake runway may provide a target for other weapons, possibly runway denial munitions.

The U.S. operates similar facilites at the Naval Weapons Station at China Lake. northeast of Los Angeles."

SOURCE: http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/20616/

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Large circular target closeup of Airplanes
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Large Antenna Tower
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Structures just west of circle
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Rectangles north of circle
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Area K Unknown Patterns
40°27'25.30"N, 93°32'40.48"E
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Other Areas of Interest
Various Coordinates
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Diggings and many bomb craters..
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Quarry?
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Target Area?
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Very remote buildings
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Another long causeway
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More trarcks
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Antenna Tower?
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Main Entry Gate and Security Check Point
"Front Door"
40°20'15.39"N, 93°45'20.98"E
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Main Entry Point

Security checkpoint - inner By kjfitz
This is the second of two security checkpoints. It only guards the camp and newest runway-like structure.

I've added a few more oddities to this collection.

In the far northwestern corner of the facility there is what may be the formal entrance to this facility complete with grand, decorative gateway. This would complement the security checkpoint at the 'back gate' in the far southeastern corner and define the limits of the facility.

Also at the entrance are two very tall towers, an array of smaller towers (windmills?), and the terminus of a 13 mile long covered trench. There are structures at each end of the trench and one almost exactly half way along its path.

Does the trench simply protect a water pipeline or secure channel communications to sensors at either ned of the trench? What could need covering that couldn't be run across the surface?

Interesting stuff.

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Entry Gate and Security Check Point
"Back Door"
40°20'15.39"N, 93°45'20.98"E
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Lone Outpost on road that leads to site

China - checkpoint with barracks By scoop333
Entrance to Military facility - purpose unknown. Raod leads to "Bauhaus-Style" building noted in previous posts. Note guard tower on walled guard barracks

Security checkpoint - outer By kjfitz
This is the first of two security check points. It is quite some distance from most of the facility. No vehicles in evidence though.

Re: Very unusual site in China by Inks002 #466036
It's really not that unusual... I've just been to this region and it is beautiful but far from mysterious or anything. Too many tourists.

The curved entrance at the north west is an entrance to the so called Yadan rock formations, which are the white lines just to the west of it. You have to pay 70 yuan there to pass further into the desert, quite stupid actually.

There is a military base in this region just west of the Yumenkuan gate, which is probably responsible for a lot of things which might occur weird. The so called 'outer security checkpoint' was unmanned when we passed it. It also isn't that impressive when seeing it from the bottom...

This region attracts a lot of Chinese tourists, but very few foreigners. The Han great wall and the Yadan rocks are really very interesting. It is incredibly remote, but definitely worth a visit together with the other sites around Dunhuang.

I shouldve looked at this area using GE before visiting it I'm curious what the lines might've been! It takes so incredibly much effort to get there again 

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