Chaonei No. 81, Beijing, China
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Situated on a crowded street in Beijing, Chaonei No. 81 is known as the city’s most haunted house and has become a popular destination for daredevils. The local Chinese believe that this Baroque-style mansion was left abandoned for over five decades because it is a house inhabited by the dead. Legend has it that a high-ranking official who lived there with his mistress fled to Taiwan after the Kuomintang government fell in 1949. The abandoned woman lost her mind in desperation and sorrow, and ended up hanging herself in the luxurious home.
Locals believe that her spirit has been haunting the house since then. Reports of wailing screams and mysterious disappearances have been linked to Chaonei No. 81. A group of construction workers who broke in for fun were reportedly never seen again. People passing by the mansion would also speak of a feeling of dread and unease. During summer days, it is said that the mansion’s doorway is strangely cooler than any other shaded entryways nearby.
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