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In pictures: What is China building in the Gobi desert?

A bizarre series of huge structures have appeared on satellite images in a remote area of China…

THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT is no stranger to huge construction projects – in recent years alone, they’ve built the world’s longest sea bridge and the world’s highest railway.

But recently, sharp-eyed internet users have spotted a bizarre series of huge structures in the remote Gobi desert, close to the Mongolian border.

The strange shapes are located on the border of Gansu and Xinjiang provinces – an area which China uses for military, space and nuclear activity, according to the Daily Mail. Some appear to include the debris of destroyed vehicles, while another seems to have planes at its centre.

There has been speculation that the sites could be targeting ranges for missiles, the Telegraph reports. So what do you think?

In pictures: What is China building in the Gobi desert?
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  • What is China building?

    Several planes are at the centre of this giant arrangement of concentric circles.
  • What is China building?

    This grid of square structures is dotted with what appear to be the burnt-out remains of vehicles.
  • What is China building?

    And a second pattern, similar to the first.
  • What is China building?

    A mysterious series of lines, several kilometres across.
  • What is China building?

    Two structures which appear similar to airports - except that one is a bright blue colour.

Images from Google Maps – the locations can be seen here, here, here, here and here. (Links via Gizmodo).

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