Prepare to have a ghostly good time in China! Unsurprisingly, the location is haunted, with over 5,000 years of history. From cheeky eunuchs in Beijing to empty mansions in Shanghai, you’re bound to have some creepy experiences. But don’t worry; these ghosts are just having a good time. So, grab a friend, a flashlight, and your bravest face, and be ready to be terrified. Who knows, you’ll meet a new ghost along the road! Remember to bring some ghost-busting equipment, such as a vacuum cleaner or a proton pack. It’s going to be an exciting ride!
The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) – Beijing
Once the greatest magnet for China‘s rich and famous, the Old Summer Palace in Beijing is now a haunting catastrophe zone. But don’t be deceived by its dilapidated appearance; this building is haunted! Be on the lookout for eerie sightings of ghostly concubines roaming the grounds and hair-raising sounds that defy explanation, not to mention the mythical story of a young concubine who killed herself and now wants vengeance on her oppressors. The Old Summer Palace is not for the faint of heart, with so much ghostly activity.
The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge – Wuhan
The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is the place to go if you’re searching for a thrill! This famed bridge spans the mighty Yangtze River and is one of China‘s most haunted locations. According to local legend, the ghost of a jilted lover still haunts the bridge, causing all sorts of scary hijinks and scaring the pants off anyone brave enough to cross it after dark. According to the gossip, this lady in white committed suicide after being dumped by her beau, and her soul now seeks vengeance on the living.
Prince Gong’s Mansion/Gongwangfu Mansion – Wuxi
Prepare to meet the spookiest denizens in Wuxi, China: the ghosts of Prince Gong’s Mansion, commonly known as Gongwangfu Mansion! Once the opulent home of a wealthy merchant family, this old structure is now a haunted hotspot that will send chills down your spine.
The mansion was built in the late 1800s and was abandoned for many years, but the original residents have remained. According to legend, the family’s ghostly apparitions still roam the corridors, producing all sorts of frightening ruckus. So, if you’re brave enough to explore the Gongwangfu Mansion, watch for any spectral surprises that may arise. You might even get to talk to a ghostly relative or two!
Fengdu Ghost City – Chongqing
Seeking a spine-chilling adventure? Fengdu Ghost City is the place to go! This eerie location on the Yangtze River‘s banks has a history of over 2,000 years. According to legend, two ancient imperial officials acquired immortality through Taoist practices and became the ultimate power couple, dubbed the ‘King of Hell‘ combo. They pulled unlucky villagers into the underworld, creating a spectacular sight that will leave you in awe.
Visitors can now explore the eerie temples and shrines dedicated to the underworld and witness some terrifying events. It’s a visual feast for the senses, with paintings and sculptures depicting scenes of villages being tormented for their sins.
The Forbidden City – Beijing
The great Forbidden City is not immune to magical attacks! This magnificent palace, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties, was the site of terrifying events. The palace was a hive of treason and disobedience, with more executions than a Game of Thrones episode, and anyone who dared to cross the emperor was immediately murdered.
Jealous concubines, envious guards, and vindictive enslaved people were too eager to poison each other in the most ingenious ways possible. Strange things began to happen after the palace was opened to the public. For decades, reports of a crying woman in white haunting the grounds have circulated, and guards have even claimed to encounter a faceless woman clad in black! It’ll give you goosebumps, people.
Qiu Mansion – Shanghai
Once in Shanghai, two brothers named Qiu rose from rags to riches after World War I by selling paint. They spent their newfound fortune matching houses in the city centre with exotic pets such as Burmese tigers, peacocks, and crocodiles. The brothers fled one day, leaving behind their decaying residences and overgrown gardens.
Workers at the nearby Four Seasons Hotel say to hear and see odd animals roaming the abandoned residences. Some of the hotel’s guards have even received mysterious “animal bites” that necessitate medical attention, but no one knows where the creatures originated or how they got into the hotel. It’s similar to Jurassic Park but without the exciting theme park rides!
Caishikou Execution Grounds – Beijing
Be cautious when roaming around Xuanwumen Outer Street and Luomashi Street in Beijing! This seemingly innocuous crossroads has a violent history. If you were found guilty of a significant crime back in the day, this is where you’d meet your maker – or rather, your horrible death. What is the penalty? Lingchi is often known as death by a thousand cuts. Ouch!
The Qing Dynasty adored public executions and made no secret that they took place right here before the people. Convicts included high-ranking officials such as the Ming emperor and even international dignitaries. The condemned would be offered one last drink at the local wine shop before being executed. People now report strange sightings of the executed’s spirits roaming the streets. So don’t be amased if you encounter a ghostly emperor while strolling through town!
High Street – Hong Kong
Are you ready for a frightening journey in Hong Kong‘s Sai Ying Pun? High Street’s Sai Ying Pun Community Complex is not for the faint of heart! This place has experienced severe action since it was built in 1892 as a European nursing residence. It was a regular place of execution during WWII and became an insane asylum. The facility was closed after two fires in 1961. But don’t worry; the ghosts will still keep you company. According to legend, headless poltergeists and demonic beings haunt the hallways, seeking vengeance for their unfortunate deaths. So, grab your flashlight and prepare to be scared!
But be warned: the places mentioned are hardly the places to go on a romantic first date. So, gather your bravest companions and prepare for a hauntingly fun journey into the dark side of Chinese culture!
Have a spooky holiday!