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81 Chaoyangmen Inner Street
Status: Historic Haunted Mansion; Can Be Rented
History for this property is very difficult to find as records previous to the creation of the People’s Republic of China are either missing or not consistent. Most agree it was built in 1910 as a language school for missionaries that came from the west.
The Roman Catholic Church – the building’s current owners say it was built as a residence for the manager of the Beijing-Hankou Railway. Another story says the house built in 1900 by the Imperial Chinese Government and gifted to the British for use as a church. Yah, lots of confusion.
In the 1930’s it is believed it was owned by the Catholic Church and run as a clinic during World War II by Belgian nuns. Finally, the Irish Presbyterian Church owned it before the communists won the Chinese Civil War. The Catholic Church denies a Kuomintang – the other side of the civil war – officer ever owned the house during this time – more on that in the Paranormal section below.
After the civil war the government of the People’s Republic of China took over the house and used it for offices during the 1950’s and 1960’s.
After the 60’s it was left abandoned, and falling apart, until 1994 the catholic Church proved to the government’s satisfaction that they had indeed owned the house in the past. The Beijing diocese, however, did not have the funds to fix the house but kept it from being demolished by saying it could one day become a Vatican Embassy to China.
In 2009 the Chinese Government declared the house a heritage building which further protected it from demolition.
In 2014 a Chinese horror movie – the first Chinese movie in 3D – (The House That Never Dies) was released using the house as the main setting. This brought the property back into the cultural identity of the Chinese people.
In 2016 the mansion is said to have been restored and renovated. In 2017 it was, apparently, available to be rented. The Catholic Church is still the owner.
The strangest part of the house is that there is a sign outside the front door saying there are no ghosts in the house.
An exorcism was preformed here in 2016 giving the impression that the haunting – which, of course, never happened – has been removed.
The Kuomintang officer that is supposed to have lived in the house in the 1940’s – the one who is denied by the Church – is said to have had his mistress living with him. When he fled to Taiwan at the end of the civil war she is said to have been left behind. She was so distraught that she hung herself in the house and is said to haunt it.
She is said to be very possessive of the house and not allow anyone to live in the house. She is also known for screaming so loud it can be heard on the street outside especially during thunder storms.
The house is also linked to a number of disappearances including a British priest and at least one construction worker. It is said there is a secret tunnel in the basement leading to tunnels filled with crypts.
There are also stories if construction equipment failing and people suddenly falling out of windows – pushed by the woman’s ghost.
Other Activity: cold spots especially in the front foyer of the house; electrical disturbances; light anomalies; shadow figures and feelings of extreme unease and anxiety.
(Manshu Detachment 731)
Xingjian St, Pingfang District,
This article contains stories of intense and fatal human suffering. Reader discretion is advised
Unit 731 was a secret biological/chemical and human experimentation camp established by the Imperial Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.
It was active in the years 1937 to 1945. between 200,000 and 580,000 people died in this camp of which at least 10,000 were subjected to horrific human experiments.
The experiments included purposely infecting people including men. women (including women impregnated by the doctors), children and infants and then cutting them open while alive and without anesthesia to study the effects on internal organs, limbs were amputated on living patients and reattached on the opposite sides to see the affect, limbs were frozen and defrosted to study the effects of untreated gangrene, internal organs were completely removed to study the how long people could live without them.
Weapons including flamethrowers and grenades were tested on living people and people were intentionally infected with diseases including cholera, venereal disease and the bubonic plague to study what happened when they were left untreated – these diseases would spread to surrounding Chinese population resulting in the deaths of at least 400,000 people. These results were used for plans to create biological weapons for use against the Chinese, the Soviets and in hopes for an invasion of the US mainland. One plan was actually used when low flying aircraft sprayed fleas infested with the Bubonic Plague over parts of China.
Other experiments included: starvation, injections with sea water, being buried alive, lethal exposure to X-Rays and injection of animal blood.
Okay now I’ve made myself nauseous and dizzy and probably all of you, I can quit – believe me when I say I also found more information that I couldn't bring myself to write.
So why write any of it? You might ask.
Yes, it is to understand the paranormal activity found here; but also, despite the horror people need to know that this happened; so, it may never happen again. Nothing is more disturbing or horrifying than humankind’s brutal and inhumane treatment of other humans.
We’ve all been told that the Soviet Union was the bad guy during the Cold War and yet the doctors they captured from this facility were all tried and sentenced to terms ranging from 25 years to life in Siberian Labor Camps.
The same cannot been said for the United States where it was decided (mostly by General McArthur) that the knowledge the doctors gained made them exempt for the war crimes tribunals - most of them to went on live full and profitable lives in the US after the war. The commander of the camp lived out his life in Maryland.
The only reason the world is even aware of this place and the atrocities committed here was pure chance – a Japanese soldier found a written record by an officer assigned here in a second hand bookstore.
This facility once covered 6 square kilometers (2.31 square miles) and contained over 150 buildings.
The Chinese Government sealed the camp up after the war and refused to allow foreigners in. Only in recent years have they allowed foreigners in including a team from the BBC to film. Only a portion of the camp is now open to public to tour.
A memorial plaque has been posted in front of the camp. In 1995 China sued the Japanese Government and won. Only one officer of the Imperial Japanese Army ever admitted to being part of the camp.
In a completely opposite move to the Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany the Japanese Government has never apologized to China or any other country – Germany has formally apologized to the Jewish people.
Numerous apparitions have been seen including Japanese soldiers and of those who suffered in the camp – some are still obviously suffering from the inhumane treatment in the camp.
Other Activity: objects move on their own including doors opening and closing, shadow figures, disembodied voices, cries and screams, a strong feeling of unease and intense horror – including becoming physically ill and vomiting, an overwhelming feeling of intense sadness, phantom footsteps, a feeling of being watched and feared or hated, being touched by an invisible presence, light anomalies and many other reported phenomena.
(Sai Ying Pun Community Complex)(High Street Ghost House)
2 High Street
Status: Former Nurses Residence, Former Military Usage, Former Mental Hospital; Formerly Abandoned; Repurposed
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This beautiful granite building was built in 1892 and served as the living quarters for the European nursing staff of the Civil Hospital – the hospital for the British and other Europeans when Hong Kong was a British Colony.
It would remain as nursing quarters until 1937 and then converted into wards for female mentally ill patients until World War II. Its use during the war is glossed over in most articles about its history which lends credence about to the stories.
It was very likely used by the Imperial Japanese during their occupation of the island. It is rumoured to have been the site for executions by the Japanese of Europeans and Chinese as part of their ethic cleansing. The well documented cases of the rape of any European women – often followed by beheadings – lends another level of horror to what probably took place here during the occupation.
After the war ended the building was converted into a psychiatric hospital. The only one in the city – at that time Hong Kong has 1.5 million people. In 1961 the name was changed to Castle Peak Mental Hospital. In 1971 it became an out patient centre.
At some point before 1980 the building was completely abandoned and became known as the High Street Ghost House due to the ghost stories and reports of paranormal activity. It was also heavily used by drug addicts due to a methadone clinic opening nearby.
By 1990 there had been 2 fires in the building – probably set accidentally by trespassers and the Hong Kong government took over to redevelop the building.
The building was now a Grade 1 Historical Building so they saved the granite façade and built a huge community centre behind it. The building contains a number of charities and other companies working with the local community.
The fact that one of the names for this building while it was abandoned was simply “The Haunted House” is enough to give anyone chills.
The apparition of a Chinese man dressed up in a traditional devil costume has been seen. He is most commonly seen on the second floor and has a tendency to burst into flames.
There have also been many sightings of headless apparitions both in the building and on the street. Apparitions of women in white hospital gowns have been seen seemingly just wandering in a catatonic state.
The phantom sound of a woman crying echoes from the building. Phantom footsteps are also often heard. The building is said to emit a loud and unexplainable booming sound at times.
Other Activity: shadow figures; disembodied voices and laughter; feelings of hopelessness, extreme despondence, being watching and not being wanted; light anomalies.
Ping Ha Road
Status: Former School; Abandoned; Urban Legend
The Front Gate
The history of this location is not easy to find and full of contradictions – not to mention urban legends.
The original school using this name was built in 1931 and closed in 1961. This version of the school is at an undisclosed location. The school on Ping Ha Road was built in 1974 and closed in 1998.
In truth this school operated with no violent or tragic incidents; although it is unclear why they closed it. Meaning its not impossible that it closed after the suicide of a teacher – more on that below.
Since its closure the property has been used many times as a film set both by Chinese and European film makers. Many people who worked on these films have reported paranormal activity.
Beside this school there is reported to be a large cemetery which contains the remains of villagers who resisted the British colonization of Hong Kong. There are rumours of a massacre happening and this may be the real reason for the haunting.
More times than not this location is identified as the most haunted school in Hong Kong; its also often called the most haunted location of all in Hong Kong.
It could also be called one of the most prolific Urban Legends in the Hong Kong area. Except – as we’ve said numerous times - there is always some truth in every Urban Legend. That a certain story complete with a documented police report makes one wonder if there is more than just a sheen of the truth here.
As mentioned above the legend says the school closed down due to the suicide of a teacher. If true its unlikely one incident – no more how tragic – would result in an entire school shutting down. Albeit Chinese culture differs greatly from that of North America there have been far worse tragedies in schools in the USA, Canada and Mexico that are still operating today.
The legend says the teacher hung herself in the girl’s bathroom while wearing a red dress. In Chinese culture suicide while wearing red means you will return as a ghost within 7 days. I’ve never understood why its always 7 days with these things but that’s another story.
Either way when you do come back as a ghost you are not in a good mood and decidedly unfriendly.
There is a report of a group of teenagers entering the property and one of the girls becoming possessed – purportedly by the woman in red – and becoming very violent. She attacked one of her friends and bit another who tried to intervene before attempting to hang herself. Easily dismissed except the boy who was bit filed a police report of the incident.
Reported Activity: the apparition of the woman in red wandering the campus; another ghost frequently seen squatting in the former classrooms; electrical disturbances; disembodied voices; shadow figures; cold spots; light anomalies; unexplained mists; at least one case of possession and feelings of not being alone.
(Normandie Apartments)(International Saving Society Apartments)
1850 Huaihai Road (M)
Status: Former Apartment Building; Heritage Building
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Built in 1924 for the employees of Western Companies working in Shanghai this building – designed by famous Hungarian architect Lazlo Hudec – was built in the French Concession (French Quarter) part of the city.
The building is 8 stories and 30 metres (98 feet) tall. Originally it had 63 apartments, 30 servant’s quarters and 3 elevators.
In 1942 the building was bought by Kung Ling-wei – the daughter of a wealthy banker – who moved into the building. Popularity began to grow around the building and a large number of – pre-Communist take-over – Chinese celebrities and movie stars moved in.
In 1953 the building was named the Wukang Mansion but during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) the Red Guards – a group of radical students led by Mao Zedong himself – referred to the building as the Anti-Revisionist Tower due to the large numbers of “enemies of the state” residing in the building.
The locals referred to the structure as the “Diving Board” because of the large number of those enemies of the state that choose to jump to their deaths rather than face Mao’s communist justice.
Today the building is a heritage building protected by the government – since 2008 – although it is still used for residential purposes; mostly retired military and government officials live there.
According to Reddit the building is mobbed by tourists on an almost daily level – which most be a nightmare for the residents – and there is security present to prevent anyone not a resident from entering the building itself.
The building is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the numerous people who jumped to their deaths to escape government persecution.
The most famous ghost is said to be that of famous actress Shangguan Yunzhu although there is considerable evidence – including a memoir by her daughter – that Yunzhu never lived in the building at all. Although, she most definitely did commit suicide it was her actual residence several blocks away.
Reported activity includes: shadow figures; disembodied voices; electrical disturbances; objects moving on their own; empathic feelings of uneasiness; light anomalies and feelings of not being alone and being watched.