5 Of Hong Kong's most haunted places (and how to get there)
Despite its reputation as a modern dynamic city, Hong Kong has its own fair share of chilling ghost stories that have been passed down for generations. For Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of Hong Kong’s most haunted spots. Are you brave (or stupid) enough instead of heading to LKF to see your share of scantily clad witches, nurses and mermaids to go and do some real exploring?
This pool with several waterfalls located in Plover Cove Reservoir actually makes for a carefree, pleasant hike. But while it may look idyllic, there’s a ghostly tale that overshadows the place. The story goes that a long, long time ago, a bride-to- be and her wedding procession were passing by the pool on their way to her wedding, when one of her sedan chair-bearers slipped and fell in, dragging everyone else along to their deaths. Since then, people have reported seeing her ghost, still dressed in her traditional wedding cheongsam, lurking by the pool.
Sai Ying Pun Community Complex
The complex comes with a grisly history that would make any Hollywood horror film director shudder in excitement. The building was first constructed in 1892 as the old Civil Hospital nurses’ quarters, but was turned into a mental asylum in the 1930s. According to legend, the asylum was used as an execution hall during the Japanese occupation, before being converted back into a mental asylum after the end of WWII. In the 1970s, the building was abandoned and ruined by two fires, but was finally turned into a community complex at the turn of the 21st century. However, even with a new makeover, people have continued to report seeing otherworldly happenings going down on High Street.
Nam Koo Terrace, Chai Wan
The terrible tales of Nam Koo Terrace started during WWII, when the two-storey house was turned into a brothel filled with comfort women for the Japanese soldiers. “Women were forcibly taken there; some were tortured or even killed inside,” said Kikabhoy. “Over the years, people have reported hearing ghastly, desperate cries [of the deceased women] coming out of the house when they passed it at night,” he continued. “Floating blobs of green light, elusive shadows and flickering flames have also been seen.”The house rose to fame again in 2003 when a group of youngsters tried to sneak inside to search for ghosts. One of the girls became possessed (she started to aggressively flail around and speak in a low, deep voice) and had to be hospitalised.
Tsung Tsai Yuen
In 1955, a group of teachers and students were picnicking in Tsun Tsai Yuen when it started to rain. They took cover under Mang Gui Kiu Bridge, when a sudden landslide swept 28 students and teachers away and buried them alive. Since the accident, drivers have reported sightings of pale-faced children trying to wave them down. A minibus driver has also claimed to have given a ghost woman a ride (she paid with joss paper instead of cash). After the tragedy, a stone plaque was erected in memory of the victims and to appease the spirits. We're not sure if the spirits have been successfully pacified, so we'll leave it to you to find out.
31 Granville Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui
This particular case takes the crown as the most gruesome death in recent Hong Kong history. Back in 1999, a 23-year- old girl was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured in an apartment at 31 Granville Road by three men she owed $20,000 to. When she died a month later, her body was decapitated and her head was stuffed inside a Hello Kitty doll. The case, nicknamed the ‘Hello Kitty Murder,’ quickly became sensational news. The men responsible for her death were sentenced to 20 years in prison for manslaughter (as there was not enough evidence to convict them of murder). But even with justice served, there are rumours of CCTV cameras capturing images of her tormented ghost loitering just outside the building entrance.