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Legends of old Hong Kong


This former British territory is synonymous with skyscrapers and light shows, but beneath its steely glint the city is beholden to deities, rituals and urban legends.

Alongside myths inherited from China, Hong Kong has spun its own tales from events in its modern history. Ghostly whispers about Sheung Wan and Western District have origins in the Bubonic Plague that began in 1894. Reports of poltergeists are common at sites where executions took place during WWII. Then there are the stories that no city is immune to, around murder scenes, prisons and cemeteries. But most fascinating are the legends born of the fantasies, obsessions and taboos of ordinary citizens, made wilder through decades of retelling.

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