1. Fengdu Ghost City, Chongqing
Nestled on the banks of the Yangtze River, Fengdu Ghost City’s spooky past dates back over 2,000 years. According to legend, 2 Eastern Han Dynasty imperials officials used Taoist practices to become immortal on nearby Ming mountain. Their names combined to mean “King of Hell” and they dragged all local villages into the underworld.
Today, the area is surrounded by temples and shrines dedicated to the underworld. Visitors can journey through the dark side of traditional Chinese culture with the paintings and sculptures lining the temple walls – each depicting scenes of villagers being tortured for their sins.
2. Imperial Palace
With a history spanning over 600 years, these walls served as the Imperial Palace in the Ming and Qing dynasties, when execution for betrayal or disobedience was common and anyone who was against imperial rule was subject to death. Murder was often committed by a jealous concubine or envious guard. Too many died unnecessarily, creating these bloody red walls. The palace was transformed into a tourist site, with guards put in place in the late 1940s, when the protectors witnessed strange occurrences, including odd animals scurrying about the grounds late at night and a crying woman in white walking the grounds but not responding to people.
3. The Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City is a staple of any tour to China, but did you know that the Imperial Palace is also haunted but its own array of poltergeists and ghosts? When the palace was opened to the public in the late 1940’s, staff began to notice strange phenomena within the imposing red gates. A woman dressed in white has often been heard sobbing as she strolls around the grounds and as recently as 1995 guards have reported seeing a woman dressed all in black. The story is always the same – the woman turns to speak but has no face. Only black hair shrouds her pale visage.
4. Qiu Mansion, Shanghai
The Qiu brothers began their story as migrant workers in Shanghai. The pair made their fortunes selling paint after World War I and built identical mansions next to one another in the heart of the city. The ornate mansion grounds became home to the brother’s collection of exotic pets: Burmese tigers, peacocks, and even crocodiles roamed the gardens.
Workers at the Four Seasons Hotel, just across the street from Qiu Mansion, have reported hearing and seeing strange animals roaming around the abandoned site. A number of the hotel’s night guards have even received hospital treatment for mysterious “animal bites” – no one knows how the injuries occurred.
5. High Street, Hong Kong
With eerie yellow lights casting shadows on dark, empty verandas, the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex is one of the most chilling locales on High Street, Hong Kong and has a frightening history to match.
Originally built in 1892 to house European nurses Sai Ying Pun was, accordingly to urban legend, a common site of execution during WWII. After the war, the complex was turned into an insane asylum. The asylum was abandoned after 2 fires in 1961.
In the dead of the night, it has been said that headless poltergeists and devilish figures roam the corridors of Sai Ying Pun Community Complex – The spirits of murdered victims and unsettled patients calling for revenge
6. Yun Shan Dian Hotel
Located in Chengde, a small city in the mountains northeast of Beijing, this hotel is haunted by a man wearing western-style clothing, accompanied by a woman in ancient Chinese dress. The couple haunts the area at the end of the hallway on the 8th floor.
7. The Burma Inn
Many years ago, a guest staying at this Beijing hotel died after being poisoned by the head chef. Guilt stricken, the chef committed suicide by stabbing himself to death…what a way to go. The vengeful murder victim’s spirit haunts the hotel in a perpetual search for the murderous chef.
8. The Great Wall
The most enigmatic symbol of China, The Great Wall that spans more than 5000 miles was built in sections, beginning around 7th century BC. The wall stretches for more than 5,000 miles and was built to protect the Chinese Empire from invasion by hostile nomadic groups. Some sections were constructed as early as the 7th century BC. Approximately 1 MILLION, (with an “m”), soldiers are estimated to have died to construct the wall and countless people have reported witnessing spirits walking the wall or hearing marching footsteps made by invisible people. Many of these ghost stories center on “The Wild Wall”, the segment just north of Beijing. Several hikers have died along this portion of the wall recently. “Those deaths were chalked up to fatal falls and lightning strikes, but not everyone believes the reports,” states the website of the American TV show, Destination Truth, which traveled to China to sleuth out the mystery. The show reported that at the spot where the deaths occurred, villagers regularly have encounters with long-dead soldiers. The show’s host, Josh, saw “cat-like movement in the distance”,
along with a crashing noise, the smell of fire and a strange animal calling. Josh stopped in his tracks, reads the show’s website, “feeling someone — or something— is messing around with video equipment in his backpack. Nobody is near him.”
9. Tuen Mun Road
This isn’t just a haunted home or building but an entire bloody haunted highway! The road is the main drag between 2 villages in greater Hong Kong,Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. The area has been known to be haunted for hundreds of years. But strangely, the hauntings seem to be on the upswing. In a 2012 article in The South China, Morning Post reported that the year 2010 to 2012 there were over 250 accidents on the Tuen Mun. The paper went on to add that the accidents are said to be the result of drivers trying to avoid hitting ghosts that suddenly appear in the middle of the road.
10. Chaonei Church, Chaoyang District
It’s unclear if Chaonei Church is actually haunted or just victim of it’s rundown and abandoned state, is not certain. The rumors started when the priest who built the building suddenly vanished. In one story, the Church sent a team of investigators down to find out what happened the priest. When they searched the building, they found a tunnel in the crypt that led to Jiuxianqiao Lu in Dashanzi, Beijing. While it appears the priest was never found, people took that as a cue to start conspiracy involving ghosts. His wife had tooks her own life in the house and it was ostensibly her sobbing that has been heard through the corridors on some nights. Some people have said they’ve seen an apparition of a woman running through the corridors. In this case, some of these same people have used this place to do drugs and could be hallucinating….or not; who knows?