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Mysterious Object in China found

Posted by MKnight on 28 November 2012 in English (English)

Nice one: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=30.038313&lon=101.487419&zoom=19

looked and zoomed a bit on Bing Maps (http://binged.it/YolbfN) - and - it must be Letters

after that in google maps https://maps.google.de/?ll=30.037912,101.487676&spn=0.001997,0.002411&t=h&z=19

wth? there is some houslike colored thing in the south of that and the same letters again a little bit smaller.

Talked a little bit in IRC and rasher means: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tibetan_script.svg

Someone wants to translate (if its correct)?

Location: G318, Xinduqiao, Kangding County, Sichuan, People's Republic of China

Comment from _sev on 28 November 2012 at 08:04

Note, that the inscription is upside-down.

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Comment from z-dude on 28 November 2012 at 08:22

A lot of people put symbols on the side of mountains in chalk or white rocks. England does it, and Japan has a bunch of these around Kyoto. Kyoto http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=35.066487&lon=135.73441&zoom=18&layers=M

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Comment from EdLoach on 28 November 2012 at 08:32

See Tibetan (Uchen) here: http://www.visiblemantra.org/avalokitesvara.html - I think it is nearly identical, though your image has an extra character at the end.

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Comment from Diomas on 28 November 2012 at 08:42

the sign says: ZOOM OUT OF HERE, CURIOUS MAPPERS! :)

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Comment from z-dude on 28 November 2012 at 08:54

xinduqiao is a prison factory, you can see several walled off areas in town.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prisons_in_Sichuan

It's probably a message for the town or the prisoners.

"0 days since last lost time accident"
Looking up Ganzi Prison reveals some scary stuff.

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Comment from z-dude on 28 November 2012 at 09:01

ok.. now without joking, It may be the Tibetan Sky Burial Ground. http://sctrip.souxw.com/kktours_ta/raiders/show_2718.html

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Comment from Minh Nguyen on 28 November 2012 at 09:03

taginfo lists a few aerial messages tagged with type=sign and type=message relations. Does anyone have a preference?

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Comment from z-dude on 28 November 2012 at 10:23

Wikipedia lists these as Geoglyphs and "hill figures'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoglyph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_figure

Some nazca lines are tagged as attractions, and they render in pink on the standard map. http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=-14.69675&lon=-75.12671&zoom=17&layers=M Some are tagged as archeological sites.

Long man of Wilmington, is tagged as an attraction. node. http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/node/24963101

The Uffington horse is tagged as an attraction way. http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/116991392

Cern Abbas giant is a multipolygon. http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/relation/2261150

Osmington white horse. http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/node/597988318

My opinion, is that tagging as an attraction way or multipolygon looks nicer.

The Kanji symbols on the mountains around Kyoto still have yet to be mapped.

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Comment from MKnight on 28 November 2012 at 17:27

Thx for the comments here have got a Picture of the same message on another Hill in my inbox: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/45262776 but the satellite-photos for that location are not good enough

got a Mail from http://www.thlib.org/ with the Content: This is the mantra of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: spyan ras gzigs), the bodhisattva of compassion: om mani padme hum hri

Mike

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