Beijing Ghost Tour: The Good, The Bad And The Supernatural

Beijing Ghost Tour: The Good, The Bad And The Supernatural



Why do Chinese zombies bounce? Who hanged himself next to Emperor Chongzhen behind the Forbidden City? And why is the ghost of the tragic Bell Tower Lady always saying thank you?

In order to learn the answers to all these questions and many more besides, sign up for Beijing’s first ever Ghost Tour and explore the haunted hutongs around Prince Gong’s Palace.

Featuring bouncing zombies, a ghost wedding, your chance to burn money for the dead, and lots of things that go bump in the night, this highly interactive tour provides an entertaining and unique way of learning about the history and culture of Beijing that is suitable for all the family.

All of that ghost hunting builds up quite an appetite, so why not also sign up for our Ghost Festival Dinner? You will not only get the opportunity to try delicious Chinese food, but also get to experience a unique Chinese tradition that involves inviting the dead to your dinner table, and also having your fortune read by Chinese gods.

Discover the kinds of ghouls that haunt the Chinese


  • Find out why the Beijing Metro is so heavily haunted between the hours of 11pm and 1am, and see a video clip of one of its most infamous ghosts.
  • Learn about the differences between Chinese and Western Ghosts, and find out how to exorcise a haunted Chinese house.
  • Recreate some of the most horrifying torture techniques used in Ancient China including bamboo and water torture.
  • Discover why Chinese zombies bounce and learn how they were used to smuggle drugs. Then see a video clip on your native English speaking guide’s iPad showing how to incapacitate them.
  • Learn about Empress Dowager Cixi’s favourite eunuch and discover how his ghost is now punished for his evil deeds by the gods.
  • Participate in a Ghost Wedding and see for yourself what wonderful gifts people burn to keep their ancestors happy.
  • Learn about the most famous haunted house in Beijing, and find out why the ghost that haunts it is always smashing things and screaming.
  • Learn about Tombsweeping Festival, and make your very own offering to the dead in a chalk circle.
  • VIP guests will hear how in a good day Concubine Daji made men dance bare foot on the surface of red hot drums. And wait till you heear what she did when she was in a bad mood.
  • Guests on the Select Ghost Tour will also get the exclusive opportunity to see both sides of the very hairy ghost of Mrs. Li.

Getting There

The Standard Meeting Point for Public & Private Beijing Ghost Tours is outside Exit B of North Beihai Metro Station 北海北地铁站B出口外面  (on Dianmen Xi Dajie, near the intersection with Sanzuoqiao Hutong – 在地安门西大街上,靠近三座桥胡同).


(All prices in Chinese Renminbi per guest)

(2 hours)
(2.5 hours)
1 guest 980 1320
2 guests 520 700
3 guests 360 490
4 or more guests 290 390

Tour Types

Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.
VIP Tours are led by Newman Tours’ most experienced guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content described in red italics under the Tour Schedule section of this page.
Terms & Conditions can be viewed here.

Watch out for creatures of the night – Photo courtesy of Cesar Casellas

What Our Guests Say

What the Media Says

“Will tell you folk stories known only to natives”
Christie Lee, China Daily

“Raises the hairs on your neck”
Trista Baldwin, City Weekend

How are Chinese ghosts different to Western ghosts?

Ghost Tour Follow Up

Guests on the Ghost Tour will receive a follow up email featuring informative and entertaining links including the following:

  • Information on which Hutongs are the most haunted
  • Additional information on Chinese ghosts
  • Beijing’s most haunted buildings, Forbidden City ghost stories and find out whether the Great Wall is haunted