A haunted Hong Kong Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share some old haunted tales of Hong Kong. Whether you’re new to the city or are an experienced Ghostbuster looking for some new haunts, Hong Kong has some spooky locations to explore on All Saints’ Eve.

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1. Waterfall Woes: Bride’s Pool

While the stunning waterfall at Bride’s Pool could easily pass as the perfect spot for wedding photos, it unfortunately earned its name in far more morbid circumstances. The pool’s story can be traced all the way back to the Qing dynasty. One evening, while a bride was travelling to meet her beloved groom she, along with her sedan, fell into the pool nearby and tragically drowned. Since then, numerous citizens have claimed to have witnessed mysterious white figures or heard the sounds of a marching band. You think that would be enough, yet the events that have followed are arguably even more appalling. Since the 1980s, more than two dozen fatal accidents, shocking suicides and frightful murders have taken place at Bride’s Pool. Many videographers have attempted to make documentaries at the pool, but none were able to sleep too soundly afterward.

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Bride’s Pool is a well-known scenic spot near Tai Mei Tuk in Plover Cove Country Park.

2. Island Terror: Bela Vista Villa

Cheung Chau is a popular choice for holiday goers, but the locals know it’s not a place you want to stay overnight. If you do plan on spending a night on this sleepy island, we urge you to think seriously before booking a room at Bela Vista Villa, aka ‘The Resort of the Charcoal Suicide’. The gruesome name originates from a tragic incident that occurred in June 1989. One night, due to unknown reason, a troubled mother killed her son before proceeding to hang herself in one of the villa’s rooms. Villagers have reportedly encountered sights of the mother and son around wandering around the villa’s ground. Horrifyingly, more than 20 cases of suicide have been reported to have taken place at Bela Vista Villa since 1989. Still, the cheap rent has attracted some bold thrill seekers to risk its haunted grounds.

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3. Execution Hall: Sai Ying Pun Community Centre

Among the many heritage sites in Sai Wan is Sai Ying Pun Community Complex – the district’s Old Mental Hospital. Nicknamed ‘The High Street Haunt House’ and just a few minutes walk from theDesk’s Sai Wan site, the building is rumored to have been an execution hall during the Japanese Occupation of World War II. Mysteriously, despite the building being abandoned, two fires broke out in the years following the war. One dreads to think of the number of innocent lives that have been lost there. Even though it’s a brilliant community complex hall these days, it’s definitely got a spooky history.

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The Sai Ying Pun Community Complex at 2 High Street, dates back to 1892. It started life as the nursing quarters for European staff at the Civil Hospital. After the Second World War, it became a mental hospital.

4. World War Nightmare: Nam Koo Terrace

One can’t forget about this notorious spot when it comes to Hong Kong’s haunted locations. Once again, the origins of this story trace back to the Japanese Occupation of WWII. In 1943, the building functioned as a ‘comfort house’ for the Japanese army, and to this day citizens claim to still hear the cries of women coming from the building. The graffitied architecture only adds to the eeriness of the place. Still interested in going? Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

5. Hello Kitty Murder: 31 Granville Road

One of Hong Kong’s more recent horror stories took place over an entire month in 1999. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, 31 Granville Road played home to a gruesome tale of torture, and the eventual murder, of a 23-year old nightclub hostess. When the police eventually found the girl’s body it had been dismembered and her head hidden inside a Hello Kitty doll. The “Hello Kitty Murder” has, to this day, remained one of Hong Kong’s most infamous killings.

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6. Petrified on the Peak: Dragon Lodge

It’s rare to find an abandoned mansion in Hong Kong’s hottest neighborhood, but that’s the case with Dragon Lodge. Located on Lugard Road, the now ruinous building was the site of an unholy crime back during the war – the execution of seven nuns. Previous owners have since reported several cases of unnatural disturbances and the site is now cordoned off to the public. Good thing too we say!

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