Top 10 Most Haunted Places In China
Top 10 Most Haunted Places In China

China has a rich historical and cultural background and there are countless legends from different eras of the country. History proves that this nation has had one of the largest empires in the world. Legends about haunted sites have formed the core part of many tales and folklore passed on from Chinese generation to generation.

With over 5,000 years of history, China’s bound to have a few ghosts waiting in the nooks and crannies. From the wiles of eunuchs in Beijing to deserted mansions in Shanghai, China’s chock full of possible encounters of the spooky kind. Steel your nerves and prepare yourself to be haunted by legends and tales of China’s paranormal and unexplained.

List of top 10 most haunted and ghost places in China

10. Fengdu Ghost City, Chongqing

9. The Forbidden City, Beijing

8. Qiu Mansion, Shanghai

7. Huguang Hhuiguan Opera House, Beijing

6. Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong

5. Songpo Library , Beijing

4. Tomb Of General Yuan, Beijing

3. Sai Ying Pun Community Complex , Hong Kong

2. Fengdu , Chongqing Municipality

1. The Great Wall Of China

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What are the most haunted and ghost places in China?

10. Fengdu Ghost City, Chongqing

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Photo: World Tour Guide Travels

HIGH ON THE MING HILL, Fengdu, the “City of Ghosts,” is situated at the northern end of the Yangtze River. It attracts tourists from all over and even many visitors from within China as it is the place to learn about Chinese ghost culture and the afterlife. Visitors to the area find that they are moved by the ancient craftsmen, the unique styles of architecture, and the nagging lesson that good is rewarded with good, and evil with evil.

The city has been around for nearly 2,000 years, filling it with a spooky sense of the past. Its origin story begins back in the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), when two officials decided to run away to the area and live out their lives, where they eventually, the story goes, became immortal. Yin and Wang, the names of the officials, were combined during a later dynasty to mean “King of the Underworld.”

Most of the popular landmarks in the City of Ghosts have names that reference the afterlife: “Last Glance at Home Tower,” “Nothing-to-be-Done Bridge,” “Ghost Torturing Pass.” Covering the sites are statues and other artistic depictions of ghosts and devils — terrifying works that represent what happens to those who haven’t lived good lives after theirs is taken from them. Less popular, but no less fascinating is the theme park/haunted house made to represent the terrors within the afterlife, complete with neon paint and vendors hawking Scream masks alongside an alleyway.

The giant face seen in the hill is called “The Ghost King,” and it holds a Guinness World Records title as the biggest sculpture carved on a rock. At 138 meters tall and about 217 meters wide, “The Ghost King” can be seen from all around the city.

9. The Forbidden City, Beijing

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Photo: Fun Life Crisis

The Forbidden City is a palace complex in Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, at the center of the Imperial City of Beijing. It is surrounded by numerous opulent imperial gardens and temples including the 22-hectare (54-acre) Zhongshan Park, the sacrificial Imperial Ancestral Temple, the 69-hectare (171-acre) Beihai Park, and the 23-hectare (57-acre) Jingshan Park.

The Forbidden City was constructed from 1406 to 1420, and was the former Chinese imperial palace and winter residence of the Emperor of China from the Ming dynasty (since the Yongle Emperor) to the end of the Qing dynasty, between 1420 and 1924. The Forbidden City served as the home of Chinese emperors and their households and was the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for over 500 years. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.

The Forbidden Palace is pretty much what its name suggests. The city was the imperial palace of the largest Chinese dynasty for more than 600 years. History has it that a countless number of murders occurred in this palace between slaves and servants who aimed at rising in ranks. People have reported having heard music playing with no trace of anyone else being nearby and also ladies running around the site at night. One of the most intriguing events that have occurred here was the sighting of a faceless lady by one of the guards. It is one of China’s most toured sites.

8. Qiu Mansion, Shanghai

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Photo: Discover China

This once-grand estate was one of two owned by two brothers who moved to Shanghai in the hopes of finding a better life. They found one after World War II ended when they discovered a warehouse full of paint cans. The price of paint had skyrocketed, turning the brothers into overnight millionaires. And were the brothers classy about how they spent their money? Not at all.

They stocked up on exotic animals like tigers, crocodiles and peacocks (pity the poor peacocks). The Qiu brothers lived the high life until they disappeared with no explanation, leaving no heir. Long after they had fled, the Western block was razed in the 1980s, leaving only the Eastern block. This remaining block underwent nine whole years of restoration before being opened again as Cha Gong Guan in May 2019.

However, the ghosts of the ill-fated animals had other ideas. Many workers claimed to have been attacked by phantom beasts, and had to be rushed to the hospital with bite marks. No living animal was ever found on the grounds, but a woman spotted a dragon-like creature on a construction crane. Another worker tried to kill his boss with a hammer, swearing that a “lizard-like creature” had forced his hand.

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7. Huguang Hhuiguan Opera House, Beijing

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Photo: www.huguangguildhall.com

The famous Beijing Opera virtuosos like Tan Xinpei, Yan Yushu, Meilan Fang had all performed at Huguang Guild Hall, now Beijing opera Museum, making it the most attractive and famous venue for this art. Come here and have a taste of the quintessential Beijing Opera repertoire while sitting there sipping the quintessential Chinese tea in this culturally saturated place.

The museum is located inside the Beijing Huguang (refers to three provinces in China ) Hui Guan (is a kind of venue for businessmen to meet ). Huguang Huiguan is now located at Hufang Qiao, Xuanwu District and was first built in 1807 during the Jia Qing Emperor for the purpose of functioning as the venue for the meeting and residence place for businessmen and government-hosted tests takers from Hunan and Hubei provinces.

This Huiguan boasts both a very deeply ingrained historical and cultural atmosphere and a strong Beijing Opera tradition and since its founding had been a magnet to talents and geniuses.

Its popular ghost story rose from the belief that the facility was built on a gravesite. Guests have reported hearing voices of people shouting without seeing anyone. People also say that if you throw a stone in the courtyard, you will hear someone scolding you without anyone else being around. No one has ever tried to find out what happens if you throw the second stone. This building now serves as an entertainment site for musical shows.

6. Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong

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Photo: Wikiwand

Tuen Mun Road is a very congested highway located in Hong Kong. It links Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. Local folkore says it’s haunted by the ghosts of those who have been killed while traveling it. It's one of the Top Haunted Roads in the world.

The road is 19.4 km (12.1 mi) long. It’s asphalted. It was built in 1977 whilst Britain still governed Hong Kong. According to the local folklore, the ghosts appear in the middle of traffic, sending cars veering out of control. Supposedly ghosts of previous crashes appear in the middle of the road, causing drivers to swerve to avoid them–and thus causing more crashes. Hundreds of crashes have occurred here in the past 35 years.

Since 1978 there have been hundreds of accidents and many of them with fatal consequences. Some fatalities were attributed to the poor road design while others swear seeing spectral figures that distract drivers. This is one of the first highways in the country and many of the crashes are caused by the use of bad materials in the construction and the geography of the zone, which forced to build narrow lanes. In 2003, a bus had a crrash and 21 people were killed. Some people say the spirits of them walk wandering around the area.

5. Songpo Library , Beijing

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Photo: Amino Apps

Songpo Library.Seated in Shihu Hutong No.7, Xicheng district, Songpo Library is special in Chinese history since it was the home of Wu Sangui, the general who abandoned Ming Emperor Chongzhen and defected due to his love for his charming courtesan Chen Yuanyuan, a truth proving the saying, ”a beauty can ruin the country.” However, the girl soon felt heartbroken and ended her life by hanging herself when Wu Sangui got tired of her after he took up a cushy post in the Qing court. And for the past 100 years, the girl has been haunting the hutong.

4. Tomb Of General Yuan, Beijing

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Photo: daydaynews

Do you believe in Ghosts? Believe or not, Beijing has some spooky places that are thought to be haunted and taunted by the remnants of the past. In a city with a long history, it’s no wonder that daunting ghouls of events from ancient regimes are still prowling hutongs, holy grounds, grave yards and imperial land.

General Yuan Chonghuan is famous for his military command during the Ming Dynasty where he almost single-handedly fought off the Manchu army in the 1630’s. Despite the general’s loyal efforts to protect the land and the Imperial family, devious plots were planted in the emperor’s ear, making him suspicious of Yuan and thus his life came to a tragic end when the emperor condemned him to death by a thousand cuts. Yuan is said to have stated before execution that his soul will always guard Liaodong Peninsula. Tortured and severed into pieces, the people of Beijing were so upset with him for his accused disloyalty that they allegedly rushed to buy and eat his remains. His head however was salvaged by a faithful troop of Yuan’s, who buried it at Guanchu Men and his family has guarded it ever since. Whether he is seeking revenge or simply holding to his word and guarding the territory, the general is said to have been seen wondering around the area at night.

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3. Sai Ying Pun Community Complex , Hong Kong

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Photo: Wikipedia

A modern high-rise imposed on Victorian remains make up this complex that's fondly nicknamed the High Street Haunted House. The grey stone facade and arched verandah, both heritage structures (c 1892), were part of a nurses’ dormitory, then a mental asylum and an execution hall during the Japanese Occupation. Rumours of men bursting into flames, women wailing and decapitated spirits spread in the 20 years the building was abandoned. It now houses fancy apartments and only the foyer is open to the public.

This site is known to be one of the scariest places in the city. It was built as quarters for European nursing staff in 1892. Its history is known to be bloody as it was rumored to be the execution site of Japanese soldiers during the WWII. After the war, it was used as a psychiatric home and was closed down after the incidence of two fires in the 1970s. Ever since these events, there have been reports of ghost sightings. One of the spookiest sightings is the sighting of a man who roams the building dressed in traditional Chinese clothing.

2. Fengdu , Chongqing Municipality

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Fengdu Ghost City (is a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife located on the Ming mountain, in Fengdu County, Chongqing municipality, China. It is situated about 170 kilometres (110 mi) downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River.

The city consists of buildings, structures, dioramas, and statues related to Diyu and Naraka, concepts from Chinese mythology and Buddhism that signify the underworld or hell. It is modeled to resemble Youdu, the capital of Diyu.

After the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the rising of the water level of the river it became separated from the city of Fengdu, which was rebuilt higher up the mountainside on the south side of the river.

In recent years, Fengdu Ghost City has become a tourist attraction. Cruise boats carrying tourists up or down the river stop at the docks and tourists are taken in vehicles halfway up the mountain. From there, there is an open-air escalator up to the complex or the visitor can climb up on foot.

The site's history goes back nearly two thousand years, at least in legends. It focuses on the afterlife and combines the beliefs of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. It is mentioned in several classic Chinese works of literature like Journey to the West, Investiture of the Gods and Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.

According to legend, Fengdu got its name of Ghost City during the Eastern Han dynasty, when two imperial officials, Yin Changsheng and Wang Fangping, came to Ming Mountain to practice Taoism and in the process became immortals. The combination of their names, Yinwang, means "King of Hell" and that was the beginning of the site's focus on the underworld. Many of the temples and shrines show paintings and sculptures of people being tortured for their sins.

According to Chinese beliefs, the dead must pass three tests before passing to the next life. First they must pass the "Bridge of Helplessness". This stone bridge was built during the Ming dynasty and is a test for Good and Evil. It has three arches and only the middle one is used for testing people. There are different protocols for crossing the bridge depending on sex, age, marital status. At the bridge, demons allow or forbid passage. The good are allowed to pass while the evil will be pushed to the water below. This is now done as a tourist attraction and performers characterised as demons momentarily stop tourists on the bridge but finally allow them across.

Then the dead must proceed to Ghost-Torturing Pass where they present themselves for judgment before Yanluo Wang. This is the second test. In this area there are large sculptures of demons.

The third test is done at the entrance to Tianzi Palace where the dead must stand on a certain stone on one foot for three minutes. According to legend a virtuous person will be able to do it while an evil person will fail and be condemned to hell.

Tianzi Palace is the largest and oldest building and it is three hundred years old.

1. The Great Wall Of China

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Photo: Socotra Travel

The Great Wall of China is an ancient series of walls and fortifications, totaling more than 13,000 miles in length, located in northern China. Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall was originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty. Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function as a powerful symbol of Chinese civilization’s enduring strength.

Though the beginning of the Great Wall of China can be traced to the fifth century B.C., many of the fortifications included in the wall date from hundreds of years earlier, when China was divided into a number of individual kingdoms during the so-called Warring States Period.

Around 220 B.C., Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China under the Qin Dynasty, ordered that earlier fortifications between states be removed and a number of existing walls along the northern border be joined into a single system that would extend for more than 10,000 li (a li is about one-third of a mile) and protect China against attacks from the north.

Construction of the “Wan Li Chang Cheng,” or 10,000-Li-Long Wall, was one of the most ambitious building projects ever undertaken by any civilization. The famous Chinese general Meng Tian initially directed the project, and was said to have used a massive army of soldiers, convicts and commoners as workers.

Made mostly of earth and stone, the wall stretched from the China Sea port of Shanhaiguan over 3,000 miles west into Gansu province. In some strategic areas, sections of the wall overlapped for maximum security (including the Badaling stretch, north of Beijing, that was later restored during the Ming Dynasty).

From a base of 15 to 50 feet, the Great Wall rose some 15-30 feet high and was topped by ramparts 12 feet or higher; guard towers were distributed at intervals along it.

Aside being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the expensive restaurants this place has, this site is also known for its stories of paranormal activities. It is about 13,170 miles long and its construction dates back to the 7th century BC. About one to two million people are said to have died during the construction of this wall. The wall is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the workers who died there. People have reported ghost sightings along the wall and also heard marching footsteps inside the wall without seeing any one. However, it is one of China’s most visited tourist sites.

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