Five of the Most Mysterious Places in China

China can be a mysterious civilization, with thousands of years of culture in a vast land. (Image: Pixabay / CC0)
China can be a mysterious civilization, with thousands of years of culture in a vast land. (Image: Pixabay / CC0)

China can be a mysterious civilization, with thousands of years of culture in a vast land. With recent modernization, many veils have been pulled aside, but there are still many strange phenomena that science cannot explain. Let us look at some of the most mysterious places in China.

Beixinqiao

Many places in China have locked wells, but the most famous is in Beijing’s Beixinqiao subdistrict. There is no record as to when it was locked, but there were two records of strange happenings when people tried to pull the iron chain up from this well.

The first time was when the Japanese soldiers occupied Peking. They pulled up the big iron chain and saw black water oozing up from the bottom of the well. They also heard the sound of cattle, and felt a sea breeze accompanied by the faint smell of blood. They immediately released the iron chain back into the well and resealed the opening.

The second time was in the early days of the communist regime when some youngsters pulled on the chain and had the same experience as the Japanese soldiers.

During the construction of the Beijing subway, the original line was diverted away from the well to protect this cultural relic.

Lop Nur

Lop Nur is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and is known as the “Dead Sea.” There are rumors that Lop Nur resembles a human ear and its shoreline can even shift.

To reveal the true face of Lop Nur, many explorers risked their lives to explore deep into the area. During the Eastern Jin Dynasty, a monk named Fa Xian explored the area during his journey westbound and wrote: “The Sand River has many evil spirits and hot wind; those who have encountered it died; no one survived.”

Several decades after the founding of the communist regime, countless people went missing in Lop Nur. One of them was biochemist and explorer Peng Jiamu, who led an expedition in 1980. The government searched his last know location, but found nothing.

Lop Nur is located in in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and is known as the "Dead Sea”. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Lop Nur is located in in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and is known as the ‘Dead Sea.’ (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Shennongjia

Shennongjia county in northwestern Hubei Province has a unique phenomenon. In this forest region, there are albino wildlife of all sorts, including monkeys, squirrels, spiders, crows, bears, wolves, snakes, and turtles. These and other albino creatures gave rise to area’s name — “white animal village.” Albino animals are found throughout the world, but not in the numbers found in Shennongjia.

These and other albino creatures gave rise to area’s name "white animal village". (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

These and other albino creatures gave rise to area’s name ‘white animal village.’ (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Charming Lake

Located in Yunnan Province, Charming Lake’s surface is as calm as a mirror, with no trace of ripples despite blowing winds and storms. A legend surrounding the lake is that when people stood beside the lake and spoke loudly, the sky suddenly became cloudy and rain fell.

One Hundred Thousand Mountains Valley

Located in the southwest of China, this region is rich in poisonous insects and wildlife. It is also where the ethnic Miao tribe practices witchcraft. Besides the Miao tribe, there are other small tribes in the region whose culture and practices resembles rural Africa, rather than China

Translated by Chau BC.

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