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Beijing to Urumqi - What's It?

Somewhere along the first half of the flight from Beijing to Urumqi, I noiticed this unique looking landmark, but I've not been able to figure out what it is. It reminded me of a castle surrounded by a moat of water. If you look very close at the picture, you'll notice at least four triangles shaped like "candy corn", on each side of the "moat".


Do you know what this is? Please give me your best hypothesis.


Xie Xie


News update!!! Well folks, this has been like peeling an onion, peel off a layer and then you find another even more interesting layer. First, here some coordinates to use for Google Earth:

41.460000, 100.431096 ( An old friend of mine was kind enough to slowly fly a "Google Earth" plane from Beijing towards Urumqi and found it!!! So I got the coordinates from him). If you have the new version of Google Earth, you can click on the "I" buttons to get information about the place. I don't have any info buttons on mine, (or haven't been able to find them yet), so I'll have to figure it out later. Also, check these places out: No.5 Mountain @ 41.431374, 100.273287. Zha'encha Gangacha @ 41.505021, 100.350925. and best for last: "Rocket City" @ 41.182954, 100.190835. Hey, this is fun stuff, enjoy!

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Taken on May 13, 2011