Hyderabad: A video reportedly taken on the Kailash Mansarovar along the Tibet-China border at a height of 18,600 ft is doing the rounds of social media. The video claims to be "original", unedited, and untampered.
It has been shared widely on Facebook and Twitter. Some videos are 45-second long.
While others last 2.20 minutes.
Many are 3.01-minute long.
The claim that the video was shot near Kailash Mansarovar is FALSE.
All the viral videos had the stamp/watermark of Outdoor Kingdom. We searched using the keywords 'Outdoor kingdom' and found a YouTube channel with the same name. It has a compilation of various videos from around the world.
We also found the viral video on the YouTube channel with the title "Super Wonderful Houses on Mountain !!!".
We extracted keyframes from the video and performed a search. We found that it is a compilation of several locations across China.
1. At the start of the video we see a giant Dragon's head built on a cliff and water cascading from its mouth. We searched for this image on Yandex and found a tweet by China Xinhua News (@XHNews) from 2019. It said it was China's "most impressive" water faucet built on a cliff at a height of 60 meters in Guizhou.
We also found a travel blog that had several photos from Guizhouprovince. One of them was the Dragon waterfall. It said Yuncong waterfall is one of the main scenic sites in Longli, composed of a dragon's head sculpture and the body along the Longjia mountain.
Another website said, "The dragon waterfall at Longli County in SW China's Guizhou Province is famous for having a golden dragon head sculpture inlaid in a cliff with water "spitting" out of its mouth."
2. In the video, we can see people climbing a metal staircase. We performed a reverse image search using the keywords 'steel stairs to mountain china' and found a report by China Daily which had a series of photographs of Atuleer village in Zhaojue county in southwest China's Sichuan province. The "cliff village" is located 800 meters above the ground. The altitude of the village is more than 1,400 meters and 72 families live here.
Villagers use a metal bridge to commute to and from the village.
3. The third striking feature in the video is a long ridge. According to Scoopnest.com, it is Gaoyi ridge in China's Hunan province.
Therefore, the claim that the viral video is shot near Kailash Manasarovar is FALSE.