Chinese pyramids

This is a compilation of 3 web sources on the chinese pyramids / mausoleums

The mysterious pyramids of China, which are still poorly studied though being very interesting for many researchers. It is assumed they are underexplored because Chinese authorities are unwilling to let researchers there.

– In 1945, one of giant pyramids was noticed by the American air force pilot James Gaussman when he flew above KinLinXiangMountains near the city of Xi’an in Central China. He was astonished at the pyramid size and that fact it’s made of a white shining material (we won’t comment this information, for anything can happen as they say). According to some internet sources, Gaussman photographed the marvellous structure, but the image disappeared from archives later on.

– In 1960s, the Chinese pyramids were spotted by the New Zealand aviator Bruce Cathie. In the same period of time the diaries of two Australian traders – Fred Meyer Schroder and Oscar Maman – were found. They had visited Shaanxi (formerly Shensi) in the early 20th century, and later on (in 1963) according to some sources Bruce Cathie discovered Schroder’s diary and article written in 1912. Schroder originated from Australia, but lived in China and guided caravans from the Great Wall far inland. He was interested in esotericism and entered records in his diary about the Chinese pyramids described to him by a spiritual guru from Mongolia, named Bogdykhan.

He mentioned there were seven big pyramids in China, located near the ancient capital city of Sian Fu (contemporary Xi’an). A record in Schroder’s diary: “We approached them from the east and saw that it was in the northern group of three giants, and the rest of the pyramids consistently decreased in size to the smallest in the south. They extended to six or eight miles across the plains, towering over cultivated land and settlements. They were under the noses of the people and were totally unknown to the western world.”


Several other records in Schroder’s diary indicate the following: the largest pyramid was about 300 metres in height (i.e. almost two times higher than the Pyramid of Cheops) and around 500 metres at the base (again, it’s nearly two times more than the Great Pyramid of Giza). Schroder also mentioned the four pyramid sides were oriented accurately to cardinal points and had colours corresponding to the cardinal directions – black, greenish blue, red, and white.

Some sources state different colours of the pyramid sides are similar to the knowledge and legends of Maya Indians about the cardinal directions.

In particular, Maya believed that heaven had four sides and four corners, where every corner had its colour: the northern corner was black, the eastern was red, the southern was blue, and the western was white.

Furthermore, the pyramid supposedly had a flat top covered with yellow soil. We surely cannot say how reliable the information is regarding the different colours of the pyramid sides, as given in Schroder’s diary, but I guess here it’s appropriate and informative to cite an extract from the AllatRa book where there is a mention of the Four Aspects in the human energy structure, with their colour characteristics according to the cardinal directions, as customary in China:

Rigden: …References to the four Aspects with the centre – the Soul, are present also in Asia, particularly in the ancient Chinese mythology. Such a collective concept as Wu Ti means five mythological characters, each of which has its own assistants. This term was used by the ancient Chinese to denote the “abstract spirits of the five elements.” Wu Ti is mentioned in the ancient book Zhou li (The Rites of Zhou). Various ancient philosophers deciphered the Wu Ti concept in their own way: some wrote that this meant “the five deities”, others wrote about “the five emperors”, still others – about “the five of the greats.” In any case, this notion was equated to the symbol of five directions (the four cardinal points and the centre).

These symbols were so important in the ancient Chinese ritual tradition that their images were placed nearly everywhere: on emblems, banners, in art, in architecture (including bas-reliefs on gravestones). At that, they were located in a specific order related to one or another ritual. For example, banners, each of which was marked with one of the symbols of the “five directions”, were carried in a special order when the army was moving. Ahead, as a symbol of the Front Aspect, they carried a banner with the image of Zhu Que (the Vermilion Bird) symbolising the south, which was a respected cardinal direction among the Chinese. Behind, as a symbol of the Rear Aspect, they carried a banner with the image of Xuan Wu (a turtle entwined with a snake) – the symbol of the north. On the left, as a symbol of the Left Aspect, there was a banner with an image of Qing Long (the green dragon) – the symbol of the east. On the right, as a symbol of the Right Aspect, they carried a banner with an image of Bai Hu (the white tiger) – the symbol of the west. However, for a knowledgeable person it is enough just to have a look at characteristics of these collective concepts in order to understand what is really meant here, taking into account the peculiarities of the worldview of this nation.” (pages 242-243 –

“I captured the spirit of this magnificent spectacle,” Schroder wrote. “We drove around in search of the pyramid entrance, but did not find anything.” When Schroder asked Bogdykhan about the age of the pyramids, he said that it’s more than five thousand years. When asked why he believed so, Bogdyhan said: “In our oldest books written five thousand years ago, these are referred to as the ancient pyramids. They were built in the times of ancient emperors who said they had originated from the Sons of Heaven that had descended to the earth on their fiery metal dragons.”

Bruce Cathie took a great interest in the subject, collected all the available information and sketched 16 pyramids located near Xi’an.

In 1974, China announced the discovery of the Terracotta Army in the emperor’s Qin Shi Huang necropolis situated two kilometres away from one of the pyramids.

In 1966, an archaeological expedition was first admitted to the pyramids. However, archaeologists didn’t have time to do their job because the Cultural Revolution headed by Mao Zedong took place in the country. At that, according to some sources, the library collected by Buddhist monks for several thousand years was destroyed in Shaanxi province. Researchers say the library contained unique written records of the pyramid constructors, and those records were lost.

In 1994, Hartwig Hausdorf (German researcher and traveller or head of a German travel agency, according to different sources) visited the pyramid valley together with Julia Zimmerman and Peter Cruss. They took pictures of and described six pyramids (three in the area of Xi’an airport and three near the town of Mao Lin). In 1996, they continued their research and discovered about 30 pyramids in one of Shaanxi districts, which pyramids are located separately or in groups of three or more. Most of the pyramids have 60 to 70 metres in height, and one of them as Hausdorf asserts is very similar to the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan (Mexico).

A question arises who permitted exactly there researchers to take pictures in places prohibited for tourists, and why Hausdorf never published any of his photos. According to some sources, the three researchers failed to find the huge white pyramid photographed by Gaussman. Later on Hausdorf published a book entitled The White Pyramid, which contains little specifics, but is the first book about the Chinese pyramids. Relying on the works by Helena Blavatsky who wrote about pyramids oriented on the four cardinal points and on astronomical objects and built by precise math calculations, Hausdorf believed the Chinese pyramids were of extraterrestrial origin. Generally speaking, once Hausdorf’s book was released rumours started to accumulate about the White Pyramid and its story both in media and on the web, perhaps because very few people had attended the Chinese pyramid valley over a rather long period of time. The White Pyramid is supposedly located in Shaanxi province, 120 km away from Xi’an, at latitude 34 north and longitude 108 east.

For all that, in 2000 Chinese authorities made the information about the pyramids public. Some of the pyramids are now accessible, e.g. the Maolin Mound, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (QinShi Huang), Tsang Lin Mausoleum, and a pyramid in YaSen Garden.

As for the rest of the pyramids, including the (Great) White Pyramid, Chinese authorities have still given no access to them for an unknown reason.

Russian traveller Maxim Yakovenko was one of those who attempted to find out more about the pyramids. He visited the Library of Congress, USA, and discovered there a story of that very American pilot James Gaussman who had photographed the White Pyramid. They say there is still no official detailed map of the pyramid valley in China, so Yakovenko used satellite images for his study. He wrote that official science ascribed the pyramids to royal sepulchres of the Chinese dynasties Qin (221-207 BC), Western Han (206 BC – 7 AD), Eastern Han (25-220 AD), Jin (265-419 AD), and Tang (618-907 AD). Thus, if we take as an example the pyramid known as the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (QinShi Huang) with the Terracotta Army to the east of the sepulchre mound (60 km away from Xi’an), there are no sources other than descriptions of the Mausoleum by the historian and poet Sima Qian (whose accurate dates of birth and death are still disputable), which would confirm the pyramid is exactly a sepulchre. Here’s what Yakovenko says apropos of this: “The most interesting thing is that historian Sima Qian lived a century after QinShi Huang’s death and wrote the emperor’s biography based on unknown sources. Perhaps, Sima Qian was relying on a source of QinShi Huang’s time? Hence, there is no written evidence that the huge pyramidal structure represented QinShi Huang’s tomb 2200 years ago. Studies of the pyramid have been carried out for over 40 years; thousands of figurines, gold and silver items have been found, but there is not a single evidence of the emperor’s tomb presence there. Moreover, no excavations are allowed at the pyramid itself.”

– On 2 July 2007, Chinese archaeologists summarized their five-year-long study of QinShi Huang’s mound with the use of sensor means (radars and distance data collection devices). It turns out inside the mound there is a huge (about 30-metre) nine-stepped pyramid. Scientists don’t mention what the pyramid is made of. Excavations have not been officially started at the site until today, although archaeologists of the ChineseAcademy of Sciences assert the pyramid is unique and unlike to any other discovered tombs of Chinese emperors. Some researchers assume this pyramid is a sort of a corridor along which the soul of QinShi Huang went to the heaven after his death.


Locations of the pyramids

Pyramids surround Xi’an on all sides and are even found within the city. A vast pyramid valley is situated to the north of Xi’an, in the neighbouring city of Xianyang. Stretching from the east to the west for 50 km, the valley resembles the Milky Way. Owing to Hausdorf, this site is known to the global community better than any other place of such kind in China.

According to researchers, to the northwest of Xi’an and Xianyang there is another valley with pyramids that are much higher, more interesting and totally unknown. The legendary White Pyramid is situated there as well. 70 km to the northeast of Xi’an there is also an area of unexplored pyramids.

“A common feature of all pyramids is the material they are built of – loess. In the aforesaid valleys the rocks and soils are sedimentary, homogeneous, loamy, pale yellow, which is designated as loess. Clay and limestone particles make up about 30% of loess content, so it’s a rather solid material. It resembles clay in appearance, so it’s often called clay. All pyramids may be divided into those oriented accurately on the four cardinal points and those having a slight deviation to the northwest towards Greenland. The reason for such orientations is still to be investigated.” (M. Yakovenko)

Yet, the reason of that has been found a certain while ago. Suffice it to refer to Uvarov’s study of 2008, which indicates that around 10.5 thousand BC the North Pole was near Greenland. Hence, all pyramids with a deviated northwest orientation were built in the Upper Paleolithic, not later.

Below, there is a classification of pyramids, which we’ve found on the internet.

By the base type:

Most pyramids are square in base, though there are those with rectangular bases, more resembling huge cone-shaped artificial mounds. However, since the latter have parallel sides of equal length we will label them as pyramids of a special kind. There are also pyramids standing on vast, but not high (up to 3 metres) square embankments or platforms; they are poorly seen in satellite images, but well noticeable locally.

By the top type:

A truncated pyramid is the most widespread shape. When such structures reach 40-50 metres in height, their top ground is quite impressive – up to 50х50 metres. All of them resemble the Mexican pyramids, and in terms of geometry their shape is prismatic. There are also pyramids with relatively sharp tops similar to those in Egypt, but they are few and most of them are lower than 40 metres. Yet, there is a third type of pyramid tops – hollowed, forming an ideal-shaped spherical hollow that eliminates the assumption of clay subsidence. It is known that in the valleys around Xi’an and Xianyang there is only one pyramid of such kind, 17-20 metres in height.

By the number of steps:

Chinese pyramids may also be divided into stepped and non-stepped. Stepped pyramids in turn are divided into multi-stepped and single-stepped. Pyramid steps represent terraces of 1 to 2 metres in height. Their purpose is unknown, especially when such steps reach the middle of a pyramid, then disappear and appear closer to the top. Pyramids with terraces or platforms on the top greatly resemble the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and other Mexican pyramids.

An antipodal pyramid. 40 km away from Xi’an there is a very unusual pyramid resembling a quarry. Being on the site with satellite images one comes to understand it’s a mirror reflection of a pyramid. An impression arises that the pyramid was turned over, dug into the ground and then taken out. Hence, there is a “mirror reflection” – a pyramid antipode.

Mixed pyramids. This type includes nearly all small pyramids of up to 10 metres in height, including cone-shaped structures with steps on one or two sides only. Since the number of small pyramids may equal to several hundreds, they are subject to further exploration.

Moreover, there is a pyramid type that does not fit into any of the aforesaid categories, for it applies to the (Great) White Pyramid only.

HUANGDI. Ancient legends of the pyramid builders


According to ancient Chinese legends preserved until today, construction of the pyramids took place during the reign of emperors who originated from the Sons of Heaven – those who had “descended to the earth on their fiery metal dragons”.

Among the Sons of Heaven, legendary Huangdi and several of his assistants are ranked. Huangdi is highly revered in China and regarded as the founder of the Chinese nation. Official data indicate he ruled between 2692 and 2592 BC.

Below, there are several interesting facts about Huangdi, which we won’t comment so far:

  • According to Wikipedia, the name Huangdi is usually translated as the Yellow Emperor, but the hieroglyph di may mean not just “emperor”, but also “spirit” or “deity”. Huang also has a deep symbolism: the yellow colour is traditionally associated with the peculiar yellowish tint of the river Huang He (Hwang Ho).
  • Legend says Huangdi came to the earth from the star Su Ayu Yuan or the star Regulus (the constellation of Leo) according to other sources. The Yellow Emperor travelled around the Universe on a fiery dragon – Dragon Chen Huang that “…in one day covers myriads of miles; one who straddles it reaches the age of two thousand years.”

A dragon statue in Xi’an Museum

  • Legend tells about the Sons of Heaven – wise and kind beings that appeared in the Celestial Empire long before the first states emerged in Huang He basin. Huangdi and his “team” of five male companions and one female companion descended from heaven to the earth in a chariot. They were the seven Sons of Heaven. The arrival of the entire “Huangdi’s team” was accompanied with “radiance of a great lightning that encircled the star Ji in the constellation of Big Dipper (the Great Bear).”
  • Huangdi’s activities were aimed at helping people. He brought knowledge in diverse fields: astronomy, mathematics, construction, medicine, etc. Incidentally, his assistants composed accurate astronomy maps for observation of celestial bodies and constellations, as well as the first calendar. Moreover, they taught people to make boats, harnesses, wells, musical instruments, and to erect defensive facilities; observed the sky by means of Huangdi’s 12 mirrors (plates) applied for tracking the Moon (the mirrors were cast and polished on the Mirror Lake). Legends say “…when sunbeams touched the mirror, all images and signs of its underside were clearly projected on the shadow cast by the mirror.”
  • Huangdi had a marvellous tripod 4 metres in height, which was difficult for curious ones to peep in. “Hundreds of spirits, beasts and animals filled it inside”, the tripod “boiled”, “depicted a dragon flying in the clouds”, belched fire from its tail, and was “something like the Great Single One”, i.e. Dao – the mover of the Universe. The dragon tripod was oriented on the star from which the emperor had arrived, and from time to time it took Huangdi and his team somewhere. This device “knew the past and the present”, determined favourable and unfavourable signs, could “rest or move”, “become light or heavy”. The device originated “from the land where the sun’s born; it covered myriads of miles in one day, and one who straddled it reached the age of two thousand years.” The “dragon” speed of movement influenced the flow of time.
  • Huangdi is considered to be the author of a number of texts including several fundamental medical treatises. The most famous are Huangdi Neijing and versed Huangdi Yǐnfújīng particularly revered in Daoism.
  • Legends and chronicles say the Son of Heaven was surrounded by monsters and beasts that obeyed him.
  • Huangdi took the “pill of immortality” and flew back to his star. By another version, when Huangdi understood he could not rule forever and it was time for him to depart to heaven, he arranged a great feast. At the height of merriment a big dragon with golden scales came, flying. Huangdi grasped it’s a messenger from the HeavenlyPalace, calling him to return to heaven together with more than seventy other deities. They rose to the clouds and saddled the dragon. Rulers of small lands and ordinary people wanted to follow them. Pushing and jamming one another, they seized the dragon’s whisker, but there were too many people, and the whisker broke. Frantically snatching at each other, everybody fell down to the ground. Thus, Huangdi went along his great Way – to Dao, to heaven. It’s a very interesting legend, isn’t it? Especially if we assume that Huangdi is Bodhisattva, 72 are dimensions of the Universe, and people cannot get into the spiritual world unless they have rejected their ego and everything that attaches them to the material world.
  • Since ancient times all emperors arranged feasts and made sacrificial offerings in honour of Heaven and the Sons of Heaven at the winter solstice, while at the summer solstice they carried out festive ceremonies in the Temple of the Earth.
  • Huangdi supposedly arrived from the constellation of Leo and went back after a hundred years of his reign… At that, as ancient records say, “Gods promised to return some day…”


Quite interestingly, there is information about Huangdi in the AllatRa book, again in the context of the knowledge of the pyramidal human energy structure and the four human Aspects. By the way, this is one more proof that pyramidal buildings were popular in ancient times all over the world not without reason, not to mention the true purpose of majestic structures of such kind.

Information about Huangdi in AllatRa:

Anastasia: Indeed, the one who established this tradition obviously knew more about the invisible world… Besides, these concepts sound familiar… You said that the Wu Ti concept was equated to the symbol of the five cardinal directions or points, or five deities. Incidentally, is Huangdi (the Yellow Emperor) the fifth sovereign, the centre of these four cardinal directions, four deities?

Rigden: Absolutely. Huangdi, or the spirit named Hanshu-nu (“he who has swallowed a rod”). The embodiment of his spirit is the unicorn Qilin – a symbol of the centre.

Anastasia: In essence, this is a prototype of designation of the Soul – the centre of the invisible human structure and an indication of its connection with the Front Aspect (the symbol of which was the unicorn).

Rigden: Let us take a closer look at the characteristics of these characters. Huangdi means not only “the yellow emperor”, but also “the shining (light-emitting) sovereign.” This symbol of the centre was actually regarded as the supreme heavenly deity. He was depicted with four eyes and four faces. Such tradition originated from ancient Chinese shamans who put on a relevant four-eyed mask during sacred rituals. Why was precisely a four-eyed symbol depicted? First of all, this relates to the conventional designation of the four Aspects. Secondly, this is because, while performing certain meditative techniques, man obtains the so-called all-embracing vision of the visible and the invisible worlds – a simultaneous vision of everything that happens around him and sometimes even in other dimensions. Such capabilities are not available to the ordinary human vision in the usual three-dimensional world. But should a person alter one’s state of consciousness, obstacles disappear before his or her inner vision.


There is another interesting fragment in the AllatRa book, regarding Huangdi’s medical writings:

Rigden: The Chinese tradition links the beginning of healing and medicine as a science exactly to the name of Huangdi. Moreover, the aforesaid medical treatise Huangdi Neijing itself is translated as The Inner Canon of Huangdi. Everything outer, physical, originates from the inner. Incidentally, legends say that Huangdi’s supporter named Tsang-chieh (Fu-hsi in other versions) invented hieroglyphic writing, that is, sacred writings in signs. By the way, this culture hero was also depicted on ancient bas-reliefs with four eyes as a symbol of exceptional astuteness. According to the legend, he was able to compose signs because he had penetrated the deepest meaning of tracks of birds and animals. (pages 243-245 –


Contemporary studies of the Chinese pyramids:


  • Chinese archaeologist Van Silin is confident that the pyramids had an astronomical purpose and represent an example of ancient people’s extraordinary competence in geometry and math on the whole. Archaeologists discovered several pyramids near the river Wei Ho (Wei He) to the north of Xi’an. It is asserted one of them is located precisely in the centre of Ancient China with a deviation of several metres only.
  • The pyramids in YaSenGarden. As it’s been mentioned, the pyramid valley contains 16 large and many small pyramids. Among those there are two remarkable pyramids of 35-37 and 30 metres in height respectively. Together with one smaller pyramid they make up a rather interesting group: aligned by height, they resemble the three Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, though the Chinese pyramids are oriented differently and about 4.5 times smaller than the Egyptian ones. For comparison, images below show the two groups of pyramids in the two different parts of the world.


A satellite image of the pyramids in YaSenGarden (China):


A satellite image of the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt):

Maxim Yakovenko: “For comparison purposes let’s examine satellite images of the three Pyramids of Giza and the three pyramids in YaSenGarden, Xi’an. We see that the pyramid size proportionally decreases from the largest Pyramid of Cheops to the smallest Pyramid of Menkaure on the Giza Plateau, and the same picture is visible in YaSenGarden. Both groups of pyramids are identically arranged, oriented at the cardinal directions, and the ratio of distances between pyramids in Egypt and in YaSenGarden is strikingly similar. Hence, we may conclude the builders of the pyramids relied on common knowledge.”

– American researcher Vance Tede also took interest in the Chinese pyramids. “The main thing that interested me,” he wrote, “was the geographic coordinates of the Chinese pyramids. Xi’an is at latitude 34 north. The pyramids arrangement is very similar to that in Egypt, which suggests the pyramids were constructed by ancient builders who belonged to the same civilization. I vaguely knew that each of the pyramids performed a specific function and there was some geometric correspondence between the pairs of pyramids in different parts of the world. While the Egyptian complex is located at latitude 30 north, the Chinese set of pyramids is at latitude 34. I believe someday many different correlations between the coordinates of Giza and Shaanxi valleys will be calculated.”

– German engineer and architect Helmut Fuernreder has discovered that some of pyramids in China were built according to the golden ratio. For instance, if we divide the height of the (Great) White Pyramid (300 m) by the length of its base (485 m), we get 0.618.

– A pyramid is a tetrahedron per se, whereas in China (as mentioned above) an antipodal pyramid was discovered, i.e. a pyramid-shaped hollow. At that, we encountered an assumption on the web that pyramids possibly represented octahedrons, not tetrahedrons, by their initial structure. As of today we have no idea whether such information is of any significance, but hopefully this will once be clarified.





– As for the age of Chinese pyramids, researchers are in permanent disputes as well, because just like in Egypt the hypothesis that these are royal sepulchres has neither been thoroughly verified nor confirmed. Many pyramids may certainly be ascribed to the time of royal dynasties, while others were constructed much earlier as researchers believe. Analysing satellite images of the groups of pyramids located to the east of Xi’an, the British writer and researcher of ancient civilizations Graham Hancock, whom we already know owing to the Orion-Draco Pendulum and other articles, has made an assumption that location of these pyramids coincides with location of the stars in the constellation of Gemini on the vernal equinox day in 10,500 BC. Unfortunately, we have not found any detailed information by Graham Hancock on the Chinese pyramids.




  • The Chinese pyramids became known outside China only in the 20th century. It’s still a riddle why Chinese authorities don’t let scientists examine and study them. As for the pyramids where researchers have been admitted, they provided no objective evidence that the pyramids were royal sepulchres. Therefore, there is no actual proof the pyramids were built by the order of Chinese emperors for burial purposes. However, just like in the case of other underexplored artefacts and monumental buildings, most “scientists” prefer to adhere to a conventional opinion and to form made-to-order ideology for the masses, while any attempts to have a different view are regarded as violation of standards and rules, and such alternative views are immediately criticized in order not to let them spread and sow doubts in people’s minds.
  • It makes us wonder why most pyramids in China are accurately oriented to the cardinal points (in particular, to the ancient North Pole of the Upper Paleolithic) and have rather precise proportions, judging by satellite images. Moreover, even having a fertile imagination, it’s quite difficult to assume how such huge structures were erected in those remote times by means of simple tools and manual labour only.
  • Everything would be clearer should the pyramids were located, say, in a single place on the planet, but the presence of pyramids all over the world proves they were constructed not without reason and had a special meaning not only for the civilizations of that time, but perhaps for us, current humans, as well. Unfortunately, most contemporary scientists follow the fable principle: “As for the elephant, I haven’t noticed it.” That is, instead of thoroughly exploring the truly unique data left by ancient civilizations they (we are sure) deliberately hide them from people’s eyes, though only a totally blind person would fail to see the obvious popularity of particular geometric shapes in architecture all over the world.
  • Based on the articles posted on our website earlier, emblematic monumental structures were often a reflection of the sky on earth and were of great significance in terms of transferring information to the future generations about forthcoming events. Judging by Graham Hancock’s modest online mention, the Chinese pyramids could have been of the same significance. If such assumptions are true, and the Chinese pyramids reflect the layout of the constellation of Gemini on the vernal equinox day 10,500 years ago when a global disaster took place, this can be another evidence of what the Orion-Draco pendulum indicates. Does this mean a new global disaster is inevitable?
  • Again, we see that nearly every ancient civilization had some People from Heaven who came at civilization emergence in order to give people knowledge of spiritual life and life on the earth. Most importantly, the information contained in the AllatRa book gets confirmed and gains a really deep and totally clear meaning for contemporary humanity, doesn’t it?

Well, dear friends, another fact seems to be proved: most of interesting discoveries on pyramids and other monumental structures on the planet are made by independent researchers, journalists and lovers of antiquities and represent sensations that are not confirmed by official science. Whereas official science still roams in a “paid-for mirage”, regarding its own hypotheses as the absolute truth and making other people believe in them. Yet, as we can see, in the light of the Primordial Knowledge which is now in the human world, more advanced views of the old mysteries emerge, and there are more and more people who search for the truth and, most importantly, feel it. Everything’s indeed in our own hands.


Prepared by Eva Kim (Russia)


A video in addition:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The tumulus mound covering the tomb of Emperor Jing of Han[1] (r. 156-141 BCE), located outside of Xi’an

The term Chinese pyramids refers to pyramidal shaped structures in China, most of which are ancient mausoleums and burial mounds built to house the remains of several early emperors of China and their imperial relatives. About 38 of them are located around 25 kilometres (16 mi) – 35 kilometres (22 mi) north-west of Xi’an, on the Guanzhong Plains in Shaanxi Province. The most famous is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, northeast of Xi’an and 1.7 km west of where the Terracotta Warriors were found.[2]

Although known in the West for at least a century, their existence has been made controversial by sensationalist publicity and the problems of Chinese archaeology in the early 20th century.


Earliest tombs

The earliest tombs in China are found just north of Beijing in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and in Liaoning. They belong to the Neolithic Hongshan culture (4700 to 2900 BC).

The site of Niuheliang in Liaoning contains a pyramidal structure.

Information available in the West

The ‘Tomb of the General’ in Ji’an, Jilin, China. It was built during the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 BC – 668 AD)

Pottery figurines of domesticated animals and female servants dressed in silk robes, excavated from the mausoleum of Emperor Jing of Han (r. 156-141 BCE) near modern Xi’an (ancient Chang’an)

In 1667 the Jesuit Father Athanasius Kircher wrote about Chinese pyramids in his book China monumentis Illustrata.

The existence of “pyramids” in China remained little known in the Western world until the 1910s. They were documented in large numbers around Xian, first in 1912 by the Western traders Fred Meyer Schroder and Oscar Mamen, and also in 1913 by the expedition of Victor Segalen. He wrote about the First Emperor’s tomb, and about the other mound tombs in the region in his Mission archéologique en Chine (1914): L’art funéraire à l’époque des Han.[3]

Sensational claims

The introduction of pyramids in China to popular attention came soon after World War II. Many early stories were focused on the existence of a “Great White Pyramid” (Maoling). This is the tomb of Emperor Wu of Han (156–87 BCE) located in Xingping, Shaanxi Province.

U.S. Army Air Corps pilot James Gaussman is said to have seen a white jewel-topped pyramid during a flight between India and China during World War II. Colonel Maurice Sheahan, Far Eastern director of the Trans World Airline, told an eyewitness account of his encounter with a pyramid in the March 28, 1947 edition of The New York Times.[4] A photo of Sheahan’s pyramid appeared in The New York Sunday News on March 30, 1947. This photograph later became attributed to James Gaussman.

Chris Maier showed that the pyramid in the photo is the Maoling Mausoleum of Emperor Wu just outside Xi’an. Pseudohistorians, through promoting their theories, have increased western awareness of these pyramids. Hartwig Hausdorf speculated it was built by aliens, and Philip Coppens repeated this theory.[5]

Despite claims to the contrary, the existence of these pyramid-shaped tomb mounds was known by scientists in the West before the publicity caused by the story in 1947. Shortly after the New York Times story, Science News Letter (now Science News) published a short item saying: “The Chinese pyramids of that region are built of mud and dirt and are more like mounds than the pyramids of Egypt, and the region is little travelled. American scientists who have been in the area suggest that the height of 1,000 feet (300 m), more than twice as high as any of the Egyptian pyramids, may have been exaggerated, because most of the Chinese mounds of that area are built relatively low. The location, reported 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Sian, is in an area of great archaeological importance, but few of the pyramids have ever been explored.”[6]

Some of the pyramids of Xi’an are currently tourist attractions, such as for example the Han Yang Ling Mausoleum of the Western Han Dynasty, and several of them have museums attached to them.

Partial list of mausoleums and tombs in China

Xi’an, area of the majority of pyramids in China.

A modern model portraying how Emperor Jing’s tomb complex would have appeared upon completion

Comparison of approximate profiles of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor with some notable pyramidal or near-pyramidal buildings. Dotted lines indicate original heights, where data are available. In its SVG file, hover over a pyramid to highlight and click for its article.

Zhou dynasty tombs complex near Luoyang, Henan

Zhao Kings’ tombs complex near Handan, Hebei

Yan King’s burial mounds in Yixian, Hebei

Qin dynasty mausoleums near Xi’an, Shanxi

Western Han dynasty mausoleums complex in Xianyang and around Xi’an, Shaanxi

Maoling Mausoleum group:

Pingling Mausoleum group:

Yanling Mausoleum group:

Kangling Mausoleum group:

Weiling Mausoleum group:

Group of two “tombs of Zhou Kings” (possibly from Han era):

  • Tomb of King Wu of Zhou
  • Tomb of King Wen of Zhou

Yiling mausoleum group:

Anling mausoleum group:

Changling mausoleum group:

Yangling mausoleum group:

Baling mausoleum group:

Duling mausoleum group:

Eastern Han mausoleums near Luoyang, Henan

Yangling, Shaanxi

Xining, Qinghai

Tang dynasty mausoleums in Shaanxi

The eighteen mausoleums of the Tang Dynasty emperors (唐十八陵) in the valley of the Wei River north of the Qin Mountains(秦岭). Most are natural hills shaped by man, and they are among the biggest Chinese mausoleums, such as Qianling (乾陵), joint tomb of Emperor Gaozong of Tang and of the Empress Wu Zetian. Some mausoleums feature a burial mound:

Mausoleum of Emperor Xiaojing of Tang near Goushi, Henan

Imperial mausoleums complex of Song dynasty in and around Gongyi, Henan


See also




  1. Steinhardt, Nancy Shatzman (1993). “The Tangut Royal Tombs near Yinchuan”. Muqarnas. Brill Publishers. 10: 369–381. doi:10.2307/1523201. JSTOR 1523201.

External links

Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap · Google Maps
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX


Pyramiden in China

Die Koordinaten 2013

by Walter Hain, Vienna, Austria


Pyramide 1 Maoling

34°20’17.42″N 108°34’10.62″E


Wei Zifu

34°20’24.99″N 108°33’43.36″E


Pyramide 2

34°20’29.82″N 108°34’48.79″E


Pyramide 3

34°20’05.06″N 108°35’15.10″E


Pyramiden 4

34°20’21.71″N 108°35’52.23″E


Pyramide 5

34°20’29.47″N 108°36’23.47″E


Pyramide 6

34°21’47.33″N 108°37’50.98″E


Pyramide 7

34°21’42.23″N 108°38’25.27″E


Pyramiden 8

34°22’36.65″N 108°41’08.68″E


Pyramiden 9, 10

34°21’38.79″N 108°41’48.33″E


Pyramide 11

34°22’29.49″N 108°41’52.92″E


Pyramiden 12, 14

34°21’39.94″N 108°42’19.91″E


Pyramide 13

34°22’47.05″N 108°42’16.48″E


Pyramide 15

34°23’52.46″N 108°42’44.43″E


Pyramiden SO von 13

34°22’29.39″N 108°43’03.79″E


Pyramide 16

34°23’46.39″N 108°43’11.94″E


Pyramiden 17

34°24’36.74″N 108°43’32.10″E


Pyramiden 18

34°23’01.51″N 108°43’41.61″E


Pyramide 19

34°23’35.77″N 108°44’2.21″E


Pyramiden 20

34°22’06.23″N 108°44’02.69″E


Pyramide 21

34°23’25.62″N 108°44’20.79″E


Pyramiden 22

34°23’47.22″N 108°44’53.72″E


Pyramiden 23

34°22’57.22″N 108°45’12.02″E


Pyramide 24

34°24’03.00″N 108°45’52.95″E


Tang Shunling

34°27’54.93″N 108°47’55.27″E


Pyramide 25

34°25’22.80″N 108°50’28.95″E


Pyramide 26

34°25’40.27″N 108°51’05.22″E


Pyramide 27

34°26’05.24″N 108°52’36.49″E


Pyramide 28

34°26’01.80″N 108°52’52.64″E


Pyramide 29

34°26’38.07″N 108°56’26.84″E


Pyramide 30

34°26’46.59″N 108°56’50.95″E


Pyramide 31

34°10’51.35″N 109° 01’21.67″E


Pyramide 32

34°10’44.09″N 109° 01’42.13″E


Pyramiden 33

34°10’40.97″N 109° 01’52.88″E


Pyramide 34

34° 07’38.12″N 109° 03’21.09″E


Pyramide 35

34°13’15.32″N 109° 05’47.67″E


Pyramide 36

34°14’9.19″N 109° 07’06.04″E


Pyramide Yanliang

34°41’35.42″N 109°12’52.33″E


Pyramide 37

34°22’52.80″N 109°15’14.64″E

Pyramids in China

New evidences 2009

The “White Pyramid” discovered!

It is the Maoling Mausoleum!

A report by

Walter Hain

New book since 2011

Site of October 25, 2006 – revised on July 29, 2014

   Two pyramids under the coordinates 34.26 North and 108.52 East.

   A further pyramid on 34.24 North and 108.45 East.

    A field of small pyramids near the city Xian.

    Two further pyramids in that region in the province Shaanxi.

    A pyramid near the city Xian on 34.22 North and 108.41 East.

   A comparison of a former satellite image of a pyramid in Shaanxi  with the photo of   

   1947 found in the homepage of of November 2001.

   This new 3d image of the Maoling Mausoleum
shows the same characteristics as the image of 1947.

   NEW!!! This pyramid of February 2009 by Google Earth, shows again the wellknown  

   Maoling Mausoleum but in a better solution from GeoEye. The comparison above

   shows that is indeed the “white pyramid”.

    The plan of the pyramids: enlarged

   A comparison between the pyramids in Giseh and the pyramids in Shaanxi.

Since many years already in the popular scientific community and in publications there are many announcements and contentions of gigantic pyramids in China. The puzzle around the look-up seems final after new discoveries. With the help of Google Earth, the objects are to be seen impressively. It can not be maintained longer, there might be no pyramids in China.! They have four sides and they are even square like the pyramids in Egypt and in Mexico. Its size can quite be matched with those of the Pharaons and of the Mexican rulers.

Already in 1912 of the two travel agents Fred Meyer Schroder and Oscar Maman reported of a tremendous building that they had seen in China.“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,” the two travellers reported.

During the second world war, the pilot of the American Air Force, James Gaussman, with his co-pilot, flow – through a technical defect at his machine -, for several times over a specific territory in China. What he later reported sounds completely unbelievable: “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”, the pilots reported.

On March 28, 1947 the “New York Times” reported about that discovery. In an interview with the newspaper, the former far east director of the Transworld Airlines, Maurice Sheahan, says he has seen 40 miles southwest of Xian a gigantic pyramid.“I was impressed by its perfect pyramidal form and its great size,” says Sheahan.

Later, on March 30, 1947 the “New York Sunday Times” take over the report and published at the first the photo, which is actually made in 1945 by Gaussman, and that was soon forgotten.

Photo of the “White Pyramid” of 1947 (US Air Force).

In 1978 the New Zealand researcher Bruce L. Cathie bothered itself of a clarification of the puzzle. According to some correspondence with the Chinese embassy and the US air force he kept up the photo of 1947. He published the picture later in the first edition of his book “The Bridge to Infinity” of 1983. According to the photograph and the reports, the New Zealand researcher estimate that the pyramid must have at their basis a length of 450 meters (1500 feet) and a height of about 300 meters (1000 feet). It is a pyramid with four flat trapezoid shaped sides, a square plateau on the top and a square base, like the pyramids in Egypt and in Mexico. Such pyramids were up to now unknown to the experts in the western world and its existence was always denied: “There are no pyramids in China! Only pagodas – temple liked, peaked buildings”, so the opinion of the world experts.

I came to the “White Pyramid” when I already read reports in specialized books before and then I saw the appropriate photograph in the book “The Face on Mars” of 1989 from the two Australian authors Brian Crowley and James J. Hurtak. Brian Crowley then sent a copy of the image in his book to me and then I passed it to Peter Krassa – a Austrian book author and China researcher. Later I published it in my German book “Das Marsgesicht” (The Face on Mars) of 1995.

I have left indeed Peter Krassa the photograph, but I wanted to however make and therefore prove attentive, that there are in fact pyramids in China. At the German edition “Ancient Skies”, the journal of the “Ancient Astronaut Society”, no. 6, 1991, I published a short report. One did not want to however publish the photograph of 1947. Gene Phillips, the founder of the mentioned society, has refused a report from me in the American journal of the Society – with the reason, the photograph could be “something doctored”, somehow falsified. He considered the photograph for a forgery.

However, I was some extent amazed when I saw a German book in a bookshop in Hamburg, Germany – during a lecture trip – with the title “Die weiße Pyramide” (The white pyramid), written by Hartwig Hausdorf, he was until then completely unknown to me. The book appeared in 1994 and then I found out that Peter Krassa had made the photograph available to him – without my knowledge. However, Hartwig Hausdorf mentioned me in his book so the case is functional. Hartwig Hausdorf was very much strove anyway – and that was also my aim – for the thing and he has undertaken several China trips, around the report to go onto the basis. He found several pyramid mountains in China in fact and he has also published photographs from that. These were the first real evidence that there are pyramidal buildings in China exist. The “White Pyramid” could constitute Hausdorf nonetheless not.

Bruce L. Cathie announces many details in its book “The bridge to Infinity” over pyramids in China and especially over the “white pyramid” – so too precise coordinate information. They should be had found north of the contemporary city Sian (Xi´an), by the foot of the river Wei-ho – exact at 34.26 degrees of northern width and 108.52 degrees of eastern length. This data were for me very helpful when I searched in September 2006, with “Google Earth” over China after the pyramids. This program was in the year 2005 set up extended from Google into the Internet and one can recognize phantastic details of the Earth’s surface, by means of satellite consumption – as e.g. too the mysterious lines in the plain of Nazca. The solution is not in all fields optimally, nevertheless mostly quite well.

According to some trouble I then kept up after the coordinate information of Bruce L. Cathie two pyramids. As result, I found further, more than twenty and bigger pyramids. They are square earth-pillars, constructed by Chinese craftsmen a long time ago very obviously. The professional world has therefore improper. There are indeed pyramids in China! Google Earth confirmed that again. The biggest one in this area is on 34.23 degrees North and 108.42 degrees East. The opinions diverge via the age of the pyramids. Some speak of 2500 to 3500 years. The legendary “Emperor of the prehistoric time” should at that time have been there.

The pyramids are in the province Shaanxi, north of the city Sian (Xi´an). On the satellite photographs of Google Earth, no “white pyramid” is to be recognized. Under the coordinates 34.26 degrees of North and 108.52 degrees East, two pyramids are visible, but however they are not identical to the photo from 1947. The pyramid lying a little southwest, in my opinion, comes onto 34.22 North most of all and 108.41 East, north of the small city Hsien-yang into consideration. An arrangement shows similar factors as on the photograph from 1947: A square plateau, grazes (excavations) on the sidewalls, similar ones walkways (streets) and in the background, a small settlement. But that pyramid is definitely not the “white pyramid”.

In some Internet pages (Chris Maier) and in the homepage of wikipedia, the Maoling Mausoleum is compared with the “white pyramid”. And that is in actual fact correct. Already on former satellite images which were published in the homepage of of November 2001, that is to be recognized. With Google Earth, this pyramid was initially seen only with poor image resolution, but a clear picture showed in 2009. The “White Pyramid” is definitely the Maoling Mausoleum. It lies west of the pyramids of Hsien-yang, close to the city Xianyang, on 30.20 degrees North and 108.34 degrees East.

The “White Pyramid” needs not to be a tremendous mystic building. The pilots and the travel agents to see the Maoling Mausoleum, with his size – according to the measurements via Google Earth – of about 222 to 217 meters on the ground and his height of about 46 meters, can quite have appeared below glistening sunlight glimmering and quite big. No other pyramid in this area is so big. Only the one on 34.23 North and 108.42 East, which has a size of 219 to 230 meters on the ground. The well known Mausoleum of Qin Shihuangdi, situated 50 kilometers East, has a size of 357 to 354 meters on the base and the whole complex has a size of 488 to 581 meters. But that grave mountain is a flat pyramidal mound. Attainable is the area near Hsien-yang over the city Xi´an (Sian) obvious the airport that Hartwig Hausdorf with some traveling companions already used in 1994. They could for instance constitute seventeen pyramids within a radius of about three kilometers and they estimated its heights at sixty to seventy meters.

Some coordinates:

Maoling Mausoleum pyramid 1: Size 222 x 217 m

34°20’17.42″N 108°34’10.62″E

Pyramid 6: Size 153 x 158 m

34°21’47.45″N 108°37’51.52″E

Pyramide 7: Size 149 x 155 m

34°21’42.57″N 108°38’25.77″E

Pyramide 11: Size 155 x 154 m

34°22’29.88″N 108°41’52.78″E

Pyramide 15: Size 219 x 230 m

34°23’52.57″N 108°42’44.30″E

Pyramide 25: Size 148 x 169 m

34°25’22.83″N 108°50’29.31″E

Pyramiden 31, 32, 33: The biggest 160 x 167 m

34°10’44.71″N 109°01’42.00″E

Mausoleum of Qin Shihuangdi 37: Size  354 x 357 m

34°22’52.99″N 109°15’14.55″E

Further coordinates >>

See also the pyramid plan on the left side.

By the new aperture of China to the west, the corresponding investigations too would be able to be made amenable now at last for experts from other countries. For the better sense of China and of its past.

Walter Hain

October 25, 2006

Book sources:

Krassa, Peter: “…und kamen auf feurigen Drachen”, Wien 1984.

Hain, Walter: Das Marsgesicht, München 1995.

Hausdorf, Hartwig: Die weisse Pyramide, München 1994.

Crowley, Brian; Hurtak, James J.: The Face on Mars, Australia 1989.

Cathie, Bruce L.: The Bridge to Infinity, Boulder, USA 1989.

Internet sources:

Report von Hartwig Hausdorf bei

Report by Chris Maier of 2003:

The author in search of  the pyramids in the year 2006.



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