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China lays claim to its own Nessie

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Hundreds of sightseers visiting have reported spotting a black monster with a horse-like head in a deep volcanic lake near China's border with North Korea.

Chinese state media reports, eagerly passed on by local tourism authorities, say the Chinese "Loch Ness monster" appeared twice recently in Tianchi Lake, in north-eastern Jilin province.

A Chinese paper has quoted local tourism official Meng Fanying as saying that in the latest sighting, the creature appeared just 10 metres from the bank, jumping out of the water from time to time "like a seal".

Rumours that the 373-metre deep lake harbours some sort of monster have been circulating for more than a century, the paper said.

However, scientists dismiss the reports, saying volcanic eruptions happening as recently as 300 years ago would make life extremely hazardous for any animal making the lake its home.

Local monster fans are unfazed by the scepticism and have even started the Tianchi Monster Society, the paper reported.

The Tianchi monster is not the only "Nessie" said to be living in China.

The marine life of Hanas Lake, in north-western Xinjiang region, reputedly includes a 10-metre long salmon species that attacks both people and cattle.

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:sq Hello Althalus, interesting story. Could tourism be that bad in that part of China?  :s02 :s02

On a serious note, I went to an exhibition recently on Chinese dinosuars. Some of these were classed as being the ancestors of some other dinosaurs. The amount of fossil finds in the Sichuan area is unbelievable. It is very easy to see why the dragon plays an important part in the culture.

It may be possible that some of these Sauropods may not have died out.  ??? We'll just have to wait and see for any further sightings  ;D

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Could tourism be that bad in that part of China?  :s02 :s02

I agree with that rhetorical query. Just by reading the heading of the article, it sure sounds like someone is making yet another leap towards a succeeded attempt of international recognition. :s3

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I agree Dakoda

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