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Mysterious Chinese Buildings Explained

Mysterious buildings

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In 2011, an ex-CIA analyst discovered mysterious structures in the deserts near Kashgar, Western China. The structures included some large buildings as well as a big, U-shaped complex

Not a secret

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But though the exact purpose is unclear, the sites are probably commercial or industrial locations experts say.

Plugged in


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Though they are in the desert, they are near rail lines and the airport.

Near civillization

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The structures aren't far from Kashgar, one of the main cities in the Xinjiang province of China.

Commercial development

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In general, the region of Kashgar has been singled out by the Chinese government as a special economic zone that should undergo major development over the next several years. [See More Mysterious Structures in China Desert]

Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News,, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.