The Rock Hunter Yang Kexin

April 13, 2018
Editor: Wu Shanshan

Every girl has a dream to pluck a star from the sky. Unfortunately, this idea is not practical for most people. Yang Kexin from Guiyang City in southwest China's Guizhou Province, however, has realized this dream.

Yang spent five years crossing the Gobi Desert in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and picked up more than 600 "stars" along the way. These "stars" are extraterrestrial visitors from the solar system — meteorites.

She then brought these meteorites to her hometown and opened the Guizhou Meteorite Culture and Science Museum.

All kinds of rare vermiculite from home and abroad were displayed in the museum, including meteorites made of iron, stone and a combination of both materials, amongst others.

As Yang explains the stone culture to visitors, they find it difficult to believe that the thin girl has walked 40,000 kilometers to search for meteorites in the Gobi Desert.

"I used to work in Hami in Xinjiang, so the only fun for me in my spare time was to explore and go on adventures. Later, I became fascinated with the meteorite rock of the Gobi Desert and joined the ‘Meteorite Hunter' team," she said.

In 2013, Yang began to follow her teammates to drive into Lop Nor where meteorites often fell.

Yang said she was very lucky because it is not easy to find meteorites. Sometimes a "Meteorite Hunter" covered 20 kilometers of roads or even searched for three or four days to no avail.

Yang has caught 600 meteorites in 5 years.

For ordinary people, rocks are still very strange, so Yang decided to open the museum so that more people could have a chance to learn about meteorites. More than 300 'stars' of various shapes are currently on display.

"I hope more social groups or schools can visit the exhibition hall in the future," Yang said.

"Or we can go into campuses, and give free speeches on the stones," she added.

(Source: and edited by Women of China)

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