The Forbidden City
What’s the story?
It’s no wonder that a place where royalty, politicians, servants and concubines fought for power should have a ghost or two, but monsters? And yet, in the 1950s, rumours abounded that the Forbidden City held a population of pig-sized, rat-shaped beasts that would menace security guards at night, but could outrun any man.
Additionally, in 1968, a young boy named Wang Yan Ru was let into the city at night by his grandfather, a security guard. He entered the courtyard where the concubines were once housed and found a roomful of crying women. Terrified, he fled, coming across a girl in the Imperial Garden who refused to turn and face him. Lost, he finally found another security guard and told him about the women. ‘He looked at me oddly,’ Wang later recalled, ‘and said: “You must have been mistaken. There’s no one else in there.”’
If it were a film, it would be…
Ghostly girls? Scared children? Tourist traps with a dark side? This is The Shining all over.
Where is it?
The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng district (8500 7421). 故宫, 东城区天安门广场北侧