City Weekend - - Cover Story -

Beijing's Haid­ian area is a mix of old and new. To­day, it has be­come a pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy cen­ter, but places like the Sum­mer Palace and Great Bell Tem­ple and Mu­seum talks about its past. Walk around the area and you will find many old build­ings as well as newly con­structed ones in the vicin­ity. Wanguanhe Lu, too, has wit­nessed the change, but house num­ber 68 has a dif­fer­ent story. The res­i­dents of that build­ing and the sur­round­ing area say that they hear scream­ing and shriek­ing at mid­night. Story has it that be­fore the re­de­vel­op­ment of that block, there stood an old build­ing where a woman had hung her­self. Sup­pos­edly, the ghost of that woman haunts that block and the new build­ing as well. The devel­oper of that area had tried to get a feng­shui mas­ter to solve the prob­lem, but the mas­ter ran off im­me­di­ately upon see­ing the build­ing and never re­turned. Next time you move to a new apart­ment, don't for­get to ask around. You would not want to wake up to some dis­turb­ing noise at the wee hours.

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