May 31, 2005 Updated: June 15, 2017
In June 2002, a 270 million-year-old “hidden words stone” was discovered in Guizhou, China.
A crack that formed 500 years ago in a large stone revealed six clearly discernible Chinese characters; the characters clearly spell “The Chinese Communist Party perishes [Zhōngguó gòngchǎndǎng wáng 中國共產党亡].” The character “perish” [wáng 亡] is especially large.
The official media in Mainland China have all reported this news, but they have hidden the word “perish” and only mention the words “The Chinese Communist Party.” However, the word “perish” can be clearly seen in photos posted on the People’s Daily Online and state-run media Xinhua.net.
Pingtang is a high mountain valley in Guizhou Province in southwestern China.
Zhangbu Village is a scenic spot spanning over 6 kilometers (3.73 miles). The area is isolated, and has remained relatively untouched by humans.
In June 2002, the Duyun international photography exposition recommended this area as a scenic spot for taking photographs. During routine cleaning of the area, this “hidden words stone” was discovered.
The “hidden words stone” was split in half after it fell from a cliff, and the gap is wide enough for two people to walk through side-by-side.
The two sections are each 23 feet in length, nearly 10 feet tall, and weigh about 100 tons. The words “The Chinese Communist Party perishes” can be clearly seen on one of the sections, and every character is nearly a square foot in size.
Li Ting-Dong and Liu Bao-Jun of the Chinese academy of Sciences, and Li Feng-Lin of the China University of Geosciences, were part of a team of 15 researchers who analyzed the stone.
They concluded that the characters were not engraved, refuting theories that modern people wrote them to gain attention or bring tourism to the area.
They displayed all the geological signs of natural formation. Given the clarity of the characters, many have found it difficult to believe that they were naturally formed—hence the mystery.
They concluded that the characters were not engraved by human hands.
After going to the site in October 2003, the vice-editor of the People’s Daily, Liang Heng wrote: “People may often discover that white clouds may appear to look like dogs, or something looks like a person or a beast, a picture or a chart, however, all such things are restricted by the appearance of the picture. If today a megalith suddenly can write, speak, carve, develop writing technique, or use political terminology, how are people able to believe that? Do they even dare to believe that? However, facing these two pieces of the split ‘hidden words stone,’ we have no alternative but to believe.”
Experts estimate the “hidden words stone” is some 270 million years old, dating from the Permian period.
It fell from a high mountain cliff by the Zhangbu river valley. On the steep mountain cliff, one can see a corresponding dent where the rock must have been before it fell to its current position. It split in two upon impact, and the large characters of “The Chinese Communist Party perishes” were revealed.
During the investigation, People’s Daily, CCTV, Guangming Daily, Technical Daily, Travel Satellite, China International Broadcasting station, and 20 other media reporters including People’s Daily.net, Sina.net, Eastern Net, Sohu.net, Yahoo, and New China all reported on the finding. More than 100 other newspapers, television stations, and websites have retransmitted the news about the scientific investigation.
Even though no one dares to mention the sixth character, “perishes,” everyone who sees it understands its meaning.