Amazing mirage appeared on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at dusk at the Tunxi section of the Xin’an River in Huangshan City, east China’s Anhui Province, when continuous pouring rain had just stopped.
In the thin mist above the river were spectacular images of mountains, buildings and trees, which seemed to be floating on the river.
The phenomenon began at about 17:00 p.m. local time, attracting a large number of people, who paused to watch the ethereal scene.
“It’s really amazing. It looks like a scene in the movie, in a fairyland,” a local said.
Similar sights are often seen lately, only they were not as special as this one, local residents say.
Tunxi District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, East China
1. Wide of reflected images of buildings and trees
2. Wide of reflected images of buildings and trees
3. Mid of reflected images of buildings and trees
4. Zoom out of reflected images
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) resident:
“It’s really amazing. It looks like a scene in the movie, in a fairyland.”
6. Pan left of reflected images
7. Various of reflected images
8. Zoom in of reflected images of trees
9. Pan right of reflected images
A mirage, derived from the Latin mirar meaning ‘to be astonished’, is an optical phenomenon which often occurs naturally. The kind most commonly seen (known as inferior mirage, because the inverted image lies below the upright one) is produced by the refraction of light when it passes into a layer of warm air lying close to a heated ground surface. This is an example of gradient index optics. In deserts, mirages may give the appearance of a lake or other large body of water in the distance; this is actually an image of the sky being refracted back up from the warm air lying over the sand. On tarmac roads, mirages give the impression that distant objects are being reflected by a puddle of water on the road.