The 2009 International Astronomy Year and Extraterrestrial Life Forum was held from October 31 through November 16 at Dongfeng Plaza. GoKunming spoke on the sidelines of the forum with forum organizer Zhang Yifang (张一方), founder and former director of the Kunming UFO Research Association. We also spoke with Zhang's wife and son.
In addition to trying to bring attention to UFO sightings in China and around the world, Zhang, 62, is also a professor of physics at Yunnan University. He told Beijing-based Global Times that he thinks aliens are presently living in Yunnan, Heilongjiang and Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
"I believe they are nice and they have no intention of attacking us," he told Global Times.
"Perhaps they are shape-shifters camouflaged as human beings or they have manufactured human-like robots to watch us," he added.
Kunming has had more than 400 UFO sightings since 1972, according to Zhang.