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The Earliest Chinese Painting Depicting a UFO

There have been many UFO sightings reported in different parts of the world, and the frequency seems to be on the rise in recent years. China, too, has its records.

There is a painting of a UFO done by Wu Youru in 1892 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. It is titled Red Flames in the Sky and it recorded a strange event that happened on the Zhuque Bridge by the Fuzi Temple in Nanjing. The crowds, wearing the typical long robes and Mandarin jackets of the time, packed along the bridge and are looking up at a fireball in mid-air. There are characters inscribed on the painting that describe the scene.

A translation of the 190-character description is provided by Paul Dong, a long-time UFO researcher and writer, in his book China’s Major Mysteries:

Translated by Cecilia, edited by Chen Junyi

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