A rock named "Rising Dragon" near a humble village
outside of Linzhou township in Henan Province (see picture
1), China, recently has become a hot tourist attraction.
The heart of the fascination is of mysterious inscriptions
on the rock, or more precisely, inside the rock.
Picture 1: The location
of Henan Province marked in red
This 2-metre tall boulder is neatly split in
half as if it was hacked open with giant axe, and on the
both sides of the gap, strange symbols that seem like some
kind of secret code are clearly visible (see picture
2 & 3).
Picture 2: The rock surfaces
that bear mysterious inscriptions, pointed to by the red
Picture 3: The puzzling
symbols on the rock at Madizhang Village
According to the local legend, the date when the rock first
appeared in the area can be traced back to time immemorial.
One day, as the legend would have you believe, the rock split
open, giving birth to a dragon who flied out and soared into
the heaven – and that is how the name "Rising Dragon" came
up. Today, many villagers still revere the stone as a sacred
object. As for exactly since when the inscriptions emerged
and what the strange symbols stand for, no one can tell.
Some years ago, a group of experts in the relevant fields
was invited by the locals to decipher the code. They didn’t
succeed however. Right now, the villagers are still hoping
that someone will eventually be able to help them unlock
the secret of the rock.