The Baigong Pipes are a group of ancient “out-of-place objects” that defy explanation.
One of the greatest enigmas of the ancient world is the Baigong pipes. They are housed within a heavily damaged pyramid on the summit of Mount Baigong in Qinghai Province, northwest China.
The crumbling monument used to have triangle openings on all three faces, but two of them collapsed over time and are now inaccessible. The one that is still standing is tucked away deep within the mountain. Iron fragments and strange stones adorn the floor, showing that this location was once bustling.
An intricate network of metal pipes with diameters ranging from 1.5 feet to as small as a toothpick can be found in the cave’s last remaining chamber. Hundreds of pipes run straight into the mountain, with no known destination.
According to archaeologists who conducted research at the site, the pipe system may have originally delivered water to the pyramid. Numerous iron pipes discovered on the shores of nearby Lake Toson support their theory. They come in a variety of lengths and diameters, some reaching above the water’s surface and others buried beneath it.
The Beijing Institute of Geology, intrigued by these odd relics, used a technique called thermo-luminescence to test these pipes.
They were able to determine when the metallic tubes were last exposed to high temperatures using this method. The pipes must have been created more than 150,000 years ago, according to the findings, and the mystery doesn’t end there.
Further tests at a government-run smeltery were unable to determine the exact composition of the pipes. Their alloy had 8% of an unknown substance, despite being made up of ferric oxide, silicon dioxide, and calcium oxide.
It’s difficult to put into words how amazing this discovery is. Human presence in the region dates back roughly 30,000 years, although we all know that complex human communities only arose around 6,000 years ago (or so history books tell us).
So, how did a primitive society made up largely of nomadic tribes manage to accomplish such a feat? It would have been difficult for the primitive peoples to leave such a sophisticated piece behind, therefore it’s evident that we’re missing a significant amount of history that would connect these events.
The pipes running to the neighboring lake serve as a reminder of an advanced and long-forgotten human civilization that erected a facility that required coolant, according to proposed explanations.
The salty water from the lake, as well as the fact that there is a freshwater lake nearby with no pipes leading into it, are both intriguing. Saltwater was undoubtedly used, but for what purpose?
Electrolysis could be a solution. Saltwater is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen when an electric current is sent across it. Such items are well-defined concepts for any advanced civilization, whether human or extraterrestrial in origin.
Other skeptical geologists have suggested that the pipework could simply be a product of nature, specifically fossilized tree roots, but I doubt that nature could put an alloy of diverse oxides in place.
One thing is clear: the existing paradigm is unable to explain with confidence, or even come close to a credible explanation, the origins of these ancient Chinese pipes, and we can only guess about their origins until history books are reinterpreted.