At about 6 p.m. on August 6, two students walked out of their library in Jilin University and looked up. “Look! A flying dragon appears in the sky!” A student named Li captured an image of the dragon on his picture-phone, providing the second instance of photo documentation of a dragon flying over China so far this summer.
“When I was walking out of the library, I saw a bright, animal-shaped object flying in the sky, heading southeast. It was incredibly dazzling, just like a gigantic dragon. I immediately took a picture of this unusual event on my cellphone,” said excitedly Li, a student at Jilin University, Jilin province.
“Flying Dragon” at Dusk
Li captured what he believes to be a dragon on his phone camera and began passing it around the University two days later. In the middle of the photo is a distant-looking dragon-shaped object, complete with four limbs and a tail. As they were leaving the library that evening, Li’s girlfriend Xiaobin suddenly yelled, “Look! A flying dragon appears in the sky!” A glowing, red dragon-shaped flying object streaked across the sky, illuminating the evening sky just after the sun had disappeared from sight.
Gone in Minutes
Li estimates the object to have been over ten meters long. It was at the altitude of an airplane but was much bigger and flying very fast. At first the flying object radiated a low metallic light. It then became more and more dazzling over the next two minutes before it disappeared into the southeast. “Seeing the flying object, I instantly took out my cellphone and captured its picture,” Li said emotionally.
“I Saw the Dragon that Evening”
Li was not the only person to see the dragon that evening. Law students Li Bing and Zhao saw it also. Li Bing said, “When I was leaving the library, I heard a girl yelling ‘Look! A dragon is flying in the clouds!’ I looked up, and I saw a red dragon-shaped object flying southeast. After just a minute, it flew away.” Zhao added, “The sky was completely illuminated at that moment.”
What People Are Saying About the “Flying Dragon”
Not everyone agreed with Li that what he had on his cellphone was in fact a picture of a dragon, although everyone wanted to see it. Some students believed the picture to be a UFO or a wave pattern of turbulent clouds at sunset. One student said that it might be formed by rays of light when sunlight reflected off a flying object like an airplane. Everyone has expressed his or her own opinion, but they could not come to a unified conclusion
Observatory Sees Nothing Unusual
Was it really a dragon? One staff member from a nearby observatory says nothing unusual was observed that night. He says that he cannot confirm the sighting because he did not see it himself and not find out relevant documentation.
Earlier this summer, a man traveling by airplane into China from the Tibet region took a picture of what he believes were two peculiar dragon-shaped objects flying in the clouds. Dragons in the East, unlike those in the West, are thought to be benign, powerful creatures.
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