Since the end of the Second World War,
rumors regarding the existence of giant pyramids in China have been
appearing with increasing regularity in the press and literature of
There has been talk of structures whose size puts to
Cheops Pyramid of Egypt and the
Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan
I’ve journeyed deep into China three times to discover the truth
behind these rumors. All three times, these pilgrimages have taken
me into Shaanxi Province, to an area about 40 miles south-west of
the ancient Chinese capital of Xian, in the mountainous Qin Ling
I was searching for a pyramid which was said to have been, once,
many millennia ago, multicolored, and to now be a dusty white. This
was a pyramid which, legend has it, rises to the astonishing
height of 1,000 feet - four-fifths the elevation of the Empire
Not only was this extraordinary structure said to be
the largest pyramid in the world (the Giant Pyramid of Egypt, by
comparison, rises a mere 450 feet); but, in the valleys surrounding
it, there were said to be dozens of other pyramids, some rising to
an elevation almost as great.
Until recently, Chinese officials have rebuffed all questions about
these pyramids and all requests to view them.
And yet, over this
century, a certain mythology has grown up around them. An American
trader, stumbling upon these amazing structures in 1912, asked his
Buddhist monk-guide about them. He was told that 5,000-year-old
monastic documents not only contained information about these
pyramids, but said the pyramids were extremely old when these
records were made.
The trader, Fred Meyer Schroder, observed several smaller pyramids
in the distance.
He wrote in his travel diary that his first sight
of the giant pyramid, along with its smaller cousins, rendered him
"It was even more uncanny than if we had found it
in the wilderness," he wrote. "But those [ pyramids) were to some
extent exposed to the eyes of the world - but still totally unknown in
the western world."
In the Far East in the spring of 1945, though Japanese troops were
still fighting in China, the U.S. Army and its allies were well on
their way to pushing the Japanese off the mainland.
One day, U.S.
Air Force Pilot James Gaussman was returning to Assam, in India,
after having flown the ‘Burma Hump’ - ferried supplies to Chungking,
China, from India - when engine trouble forced him to descend
temporarily to a low altitude over China.
As he later wrote:
"I flew around a mountain and then we came to a valley. Directly
below us was a gigantic white pyramid. It looked as if it were from
a fairy tale. The pyramid was draped in shimmering white.
have been metal, or some other form of stone. It was white on all
sides. What was most curious about it was its capstone: a large
piece of precious gem-like material. I was deeply moved by the
colossal size of the thing."
When Gaussman arrived back in Assam, combat duties pushed the
sighting from his mind.
Photographs he had taken of the giant
pyramid would not be published for another 45 years. Till then, even
his report would be buried in the Secret Service files of the U.S.
Two years later, in 1947, another U.S. aviator, Maurice Sheahan - this
time flying over Shaanxi Province, not far from Xian - caught sight
of a giant pyramid in the misty landscape below and rapidly snapped
pictures. This time, several U.S. newspapers, including the New York
Times for March 28, 1947, published ac-counts of the airman’s
sighting. But Chinese archaeologists continued to deny the existence
of such a structure, even though Sheahan’s photographs suggested it
was higher than any pyramid in Egypt.
Captain Bruce Cathie, of Auckland, New Zealand, is an airline
pilot turned explorer and UFO investigator. In 1962, reading Schroder’s diaries, he decided to get to the truth about these
pyramids in China. Cathie contacted the Chinese embassy in
Wellington. To his surprise, he was told there were no such things
as pyramids in China.
Later, the authorities acknowledged the
existence of such structures, but would not characterize them as
pyramids. Rather, they told Cathie, these were trapezoidal burial
tombs dating from the Han Dynasty.
In his book,
The Bridge to Infinity, Cathie sets forth his theory
that the Great Pyramid of China - which he was never able to locate
part of an ancient network of pyramids built at key places around
the world to tap the earth’s natural energies.
He suggests that
these structures mark the intersecting points of ley lines, or
dragon ways. Does Cathie believe these ‘orthotenic’ lines, to use Aime Michel’s phrase, represent the flight paths of UFOs, with
greatest activity at intersecting points like those of the pyramids?
Yes, he does; and he seems to imagine the earth as encircled by UFO
flights in the ancient past.
Whether what Cathie calls "world grid harmonics" includes in its
network the legendary White Pyramid of China or not, it seemed clear
to me that the symbol of a white pyramid of China resonated
powerfully on a psychic level, that it was at the very least a
powerful conduit of psychic energy - whether it had any physical
reality or not.
But there was no shortage of those who claimed it did. Well-known
American traveler and author David Hatcher Childress reports in his
writings that archaeological excavations of the White Pyramid have
brought to light magnificent jade objects and "green stones." But he
offers no corroboration for this provocative statement.
with the stories I have just recounted, I had heard so many vague
rumors about the pyramid’s actual existence, that I resolved once
and for all to get to the heart of the matter.
Journey into the "Forbidden Zone":
The Sixteen Pyramids of Xian
And so it was that, in the summer of 1994, I found myself along with
my friend and colleague, Austrian journalist Peter Krassa - in a green
agricultural area about 50 miles from Xian.
It had not been easy for
us to get here. We were in one of Chinas "forbidden zones" - it was,
we thought, highly probable that we were near a top-secret military
base - and we were certainly the only tourists here, and almost the
We had managed to get to Xian almost entirely by chance. In Vienna,
early in 1994, I had been lucky enough one evening to meet Mr. Chen Jianli, who had come to the Austrian capital to give a lecture
promoting tourism in China. I had broached to him the subject of my
research into the more mysterious artifacts of China, including its
My enthusiasm made Mr. Chen smile. It so happened that he had been
born in Xian; that was why, despite the official party line, he did
not consider the subject of pyramids in China to be nonsense.
matter of fact, he had, even as a small boy, heard people talking
about them. It was his understanding that there was a group of
pyramids not far from Xian, all of them at least 2,000 years old,
but not all of them necessarily regarded strictly as pyramids. But
he didn’t know for certain; and people did not-or could not-go to
where these structures were supposed to be.
And so it was that, after an evening of lively discussion, Mr. Chen Jianli offered to contact his acquaintances and officials at the
appropriate ministry in Beijing, and make it possible for me and a
small group of interested individuals to obtain permission to travel
to this up-till-then forbidden zone in Shaanxi Province.
through his connections in the Chinese capital, he was indeed able
to obtain a special permit for me to travel to the forbidden zone
near Xian-not once, but three times; in March and October of 1994,
and again in the summer of 1997.
Arriving for my first visit, I first spent a brief time in Beijing,
where I discovered that the Chinese really do not like to talk about
When I brought up the subject with certain
high-ranking archaeologists at the Academy of Sciences, I couldn’t
help noticing a certain anxiety. Only when I showed them the
Gaussman photo did they reluctantly confirm the existence of "just a
few pyramidal structures near Xian."
A few days later, Peter Krassa and I were standing in a green,
partially cultivated plain just a mile from the township of Xianyang,
and about 40 miles west of Xian, that former imperial capital that
is now regarded as the cradle of Chinese civilization.
There was no 1,000-foot-high White Pyramid to be seen.
were indeed pyramids in this silent plain which did not need my
imagination to invest it with a certain magical beauty.
stood a beautifully symmetrical pyramid about 200 feet high.
Numerous small trees were planted up and down its sides; I had been
told that, over the past four or five years, the Chinese had been
planting fast-growing conifers-a kind of Cypress tree - on the slopes
of these pyramids.
I wondered briefly what they were trying to hide
by making these extraordinary artifacts blend so completely with
(alternative explanation given, ostensibly to hold the soil
structure in place and prevent it from crumbling... Ash)
I scrambled quickly to the top of this pyramid, the first that we
The construction of these smaller Chinese pyramids
is similar to that of the pyramids of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City:
piled earth - almost clay, with stepped sides, hardly the
spectacular engineering of Pharaoh Khufu. The tops of most of these
Chinese structures are flattened off, as is the case with the
often-rectangular structures of the Mayans.
These Chinese pyramids are undecorated, and significantly damaged by
erosion and farming. Their earthen sides-or such was the case with
the small pyramid on which I stood-have become almost as hard as
stone over the centuries. I noticed that I was standing in a sort of
crater, indicating to me that there had once been a cavern in this
structure before the elements had caused its roof to collapse.
What secrets might lie within this pyramid? It had been vaguely
suggested to me that these were burial mounds dating back perhaps
2,000 years. When I had asked the local ‘archaeologist’ and museum
curator in Xian, several days earlier, what work was being done on
these smaller pyramids to discover their origins, he had replied:
"None. We have been given no money nor instructions. It will have to
be for the next generation."
At least as exciting for me as this pyramid was the view from its
summit. In the distance, I could make out at least 15 other similar
pyramids, spread out before me in a panoramic sweep. Some stood in
solitary fashion, while others were grouped in twos or even in rows.
There were pyramids as far as the eye could see. I wondered what
strange events had unfolded in relation to these pyramids in ancient
Now there was nothing but the green fields, the pyramids, and
a silence broken only by the slow movements of the handful of
farmers working the ground with ploughs so primitive they must have
looked just the same when these pyramids were built.
Chinese Pyramids as Mirrors of the Stars
During this visit, and during my second later that year-and on my
third in the summer of 1997-I found no evidence for the physical
existence of the fabulous White Pyramid of China.
from one of these time-worn structures to another, I began to feel
almost at home in this strange, eerily beautiful, city of the dead?
I didn’t know; but, as I continued to meet officials and to
cautiously feel them out, I began to discover that there were indeed
theories about these 16 pyramids near Xian, and that some of these
theories were of a decidedly mystical nature.
There were seemingly
staid government scientists whose views were not entirely dissimilar
to those of Bruce Cathie of New Zealand.
Professor Wang Shiping, of Xian, who discussed these matters with
Peter Krassa and myself near the site of the pyramids, told us he
believed they might in actual fact be part of a giant system of
sacred lines expressive of the feng shui concept of the ‘ways of the
Dr. Wang said he estimated the age of these pyramids at
4,500 years and that he believed they might have been arranged to
mirror the shapes of certain constellations in the night sky, just
as certain key pyramids in Egypt are now thought to have been
constructed in imitation of the constellation Orion and related
stars. The Chinese pyramids near Xian bear witness, suggested
Professor Wang Shiping, to the immense knowledge of geometry and
mathematics enjoyed by the Chinese of almost five millennia ago.
Peter Krassa and I discovered that these are certainly not the only
pyramids in China. In January,1994, archaeologists discovered
several pyramids near the Wei Ho River, north of Xian. One of them,
we were told, is located almost exactly in the geometric center of
the ancient Chinese empire.
I believe there may be as many as 90 to
100 pyramids in China in all, with the White Pyramid of Xian
towering above all the rest - if that enigmatic giant does indeed
I discovered that, if scientists and investigators could tell me
nothing about the White Pyramid, they all at least had heard that it
And I decided that where there is smoke there must be fire,
even if the smoke is only the nexus of a resonating cluster of
powerful, important, almost-psychic beliefs.
The Pool of Mercury in the Tomb-Chamber of the Emperor
And so it was that, in seeking to discover the true identity of the
White Pyramid, I once more immersed myself in the history of ancient
I read again the story of the Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi
(259-210 B.C.), the man who not only began the Great Wall of China,
but standardized his country’s weights and measures, written
language, and currency Shi Huangdi is also the emperor responsible
for the army of life-sized terra cotta warriors - 8,000 of them in
all! which were discovered, beginning in 1974, not far from the
burial mound of the emperor himself
It is thanks to the Shih Chi (Records of the Grand Historian of
China), by the very great Chinese historian Sima Qian (145-86 B.C.),
that we can be fairly certain that the emperor’s grave is located
beneath a particular hill 150 feet high and planted with grass and
trees. Apparently, the hill is man-made; according to Sima, a
140-foot-high pyramid complete with five terraces lies beneath it.
In his Shih Chi, Sima Qian - who really was the Grand Historian of
China, though at the court of Emperor Wu - states that almost
700,000 workers labored for 20 years to create the tomb of the
Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. He says the earth was removed down to the
ground water level. Then the floor was poured with molten bronze.
stone sarcophagus was laid on this platform. When the structure was
completed, those who knew where the entrance was were silenced by
being entombed alive. To further disguise the entrance, the pyramid
was covered with earth and grass to give the impression of a natural
hill - a strategy which is strangely present in the smaller Xian
pyramids of today!
The pyramid’s interior, we are told, is astonishingly elaborate.
Sima uses the term "artificial universe" to describe the ceiling of
the emperor’s tomb-chamber encrusted with thousands of glittering
precious jewels to recreate the constellations of the heavens.
The Grand Historian goes on,
"In the tomb-chamber the hundred water-courses, the Chiang [the
Yangtze River] and the Ho [the Yellow River], together with the
great sea, were all imitated by means of flowing mercury, and there
were machines which made it flow and circulate.
Above [on the roof]
the celestial bodies were all represented; below [presumably on the
floor or on some kind of table] the geography of the earth was
That is, the emperor’s tomb-chamber was meant to be a living replica
of his empire, including both the earth and the heavens.
was well-protected against grave robbers, with arrays of hundreds of
crossbows with mechanical triggers targeted to kill anyone who broke
into the tomb. (Just how effective this system was is somewhat in
doubt, since the Huang I encyclopedia, edited by Miu Shih-Teng in
220 A.D., claims that robbers from Kuantung later broke into the
emperor’s tomb and made off with all the mercury)
Recent excavations around the outer perimeter of this burial hill
seem to confirm Sima Qian’s statements: Analysis of the surrounding
earth revealed an exceptionally high concentration of mercury.
Apparently, archaeologists are taking seriously the Great
Historian’s description of what amounts to a ‘high-security’ tomb.
"We are leaving the tomb-chamber under the hill to
the future, so the next generation has something to work on."
The Secret Society of the White Pyramid
How does the extraordinary story of the tomb-chamber of
relate to the seemingly mythical White Pyramid of Xian?
I will explain. I believe that researchers have not concentrated
sufficiently on one subtly revealing detail in Simas account: his
assertion that Qin Shi Huangdi was to be entombed with his
sarcophagus virtually floating in a pool of mercury
mercury was used to provide a flowing liquid to make it
possible for a vast relief map of circulating great rivers and
streams of China to run forever in the tomb-chamber of the Emperor’s
mausoleum. But, for the ancient Chinese, "forever" is a charged word
when it comes to mercury We will recall that we have en-countered
mercury before, in the guise of cinnabar, or mercury sulphide - perhaps
the most potent of all the substances used in the vast, ongoing
ancient Chinese industry of trying to discover the elixir of
The tomb of this emperor, surrounded as it is by a garrison of some
1,400 terra cotta statues including archers, cavalry troops,
charioteers, infantrymen and horses, represents nothing less than a
colossal effort to attain to the state of Hsien, or material
immortality. This tomb is truly the ultimate Project Apollo of the
Chinese emperors. The cost of the mercury alone must have been
enormous-the equivalent of filling the tomb with uranium, or
And what now lies in the tomb? Have we here encountered a clue as to
why so little is known about the efforts of the Chinese government
to excavate it? A year or so ago, a report leaked out of Beijing
that the tomb-chamber of Qin Shi Huangdi was "like a palace." The
implication was that a camera had been lowered into its unknown
Yet officials have clearly stated that "nothing has yet been
done" in terms of its excavation. Authorities have made similar
claims regarding the 90 or 100 other tombs, or burial mounds, that
rise up not far from Xian and the mausoleum of the emperor.
Ruthlessly plundering the wealth of his country and of its citizens,
Shi Huangdi was one of the richest men who ever lived. On nothing
did he lavish money more freely than on his quest for material
If an entire terra cotta army stands outside his tomb, then what
analogous splendors lie inside? Treasure, yes; treasure worth
billions of dollars. Why then has the Chinese government not entered
the tomb and retrieved these treasures, if for no other reason than
to make use of the astronomical wealth they represent?
Because, I believe, there is more at stake within the tomb of Shi
Huangdi than simply riches; there are unheard-of secrets of material
immortality, which only this emperor had the power and the wealth to
seize upon. I believe there are people within the Chinese
establishment today who know of these secrets, and who see to it
that the tomb of Shi Huangdi is never touched.
Yet rumors have filtered out; clandestine legends have built up
over the past 2,000 years; these myths of wonders in the tomb of the
First Emperor have taken on a veiled form-that of the White Pyramid
This may be because the White Pyramid itself is more than legend.
I believe there is a Secret Society of the White Pyramid of China. I
believe it is highly possible that the rulers of the vast and
brilliant Middle Kingdom never ceased to believe in the reality and
power of the state of Hsien and that their efforts to attain it
would ultimately be successful.
I believe there may be a secret
society today - one incredibly ancient - whose members think, in
fact know, that the tomb of the emperor, while filled with treasure
beyond imagining, contains only the illusion of a body; who know
that the emperor himself, wearing the vestigial body of the Hsien,
has long since gone into the realms of material immortality,
transmuted into that state by the catalytic agency of his bath of
I wonder what other members of the Secret Society of the White
Pyramid ‘reside’ in the 100 or so other burial pyramids rising up
modestly, though not inaccessibly, distant from the tomb of the
emperor? Are these tombs also empty?
If they were to be opened, and
a ragged corpse discovered there, would not that be merely an
illusion meant to mock grave robbers while, thanks to the genius of
the ancient art of alchemy - and perhaps a greater Genius, and one
far more ancient - the former resident of this tomb has for
centuries roamed the heavens and the earth?
Return of the White Pyramid
There may be, living among us today, members of the Secret Society
of the White Pyramid - keepers of its secrets, aspirants themselves
to the state of Hsien - who know that material immortality is a
reality, and who hide this knowledge from the general public.
members who number among the living may also know the true facts
behind the obscure memory of primordial contact with Alien Mind
which ultimately prompted the ancient Chinese to strive to attain to
the state of Hsien.
They may know these facts because of extraordinary, exquisite Alien
artifacts stored within the tomb-chamber of Shi Huangdi. Or they may
know them because the materially immortal dead can materialize among
the living members of the Secret Society of the White Pyramid at any
time, and provide them with yet more secrets of the state of Hsien.
One of these secrets may be that, in that realm that transcends time
and space, it is once again possible to commune with Alien Mind, and
to learn of all that has happened, and of all that will happen, and
of the choices that mankind must now make.
The White Pyramid of Xian may be the
Materially Immortal Pyramid.
may be the archetypal burial place, so closely attuned to the state
of Hsien itself that it exists virtually plunged in that place of
material immortality, and so invisible to mortals. It may be the
meeting place of the members of the Secret Society of the White
Pyramid - both the living and the dead.
It may be the ultimate Chinese Roswell - a benevolent Roswell, the
necessary suppression of a truth so explosive that mankind as a
whole is not yet ready to hear it.
What crises of the human soul cause the
White Pyramid of Xian to
wink into physical existence for a brief moment of time?
Was it the
coming convulsions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that enabled an
American flyer to glimpse it long enough to photo-graph it in 1945?
Was it the crash landing of two UFOs near Roswell, New Mexico, in
1947 - an alien intervention with no relation to Alien Mind,
perhaps, and perhaps one which Alien Mind wished to prevent - that
served as a catalyst enabling another American flyer to see and
photograph the great White Pyramid a second time?
Is the White Pyramid in its ultimate reality another
portal into other worlds which is now rapidly regaining physical
reality in ours, so that it may resume its immortal task of carrying
out the intervention needed when an entire civilization stumbles
toward its end?
Are there not those who can tell us?
Why will they not speak out?