Work With Us
GHOST FILE SZRB2018 - The "Silence" of the Red Building
Shenzhen Files #1
We first heard about the Red Building on the Internet. Nobody would really point at that metallic red-colored, candle-shaped (or horn-shaped) building which houses Bank of China without saying: "That building is haunted". Of course, why wouldn't they?
Many rumors have spread, over the years, about the premise. They started as comments upon the weirdness of the color (the only one in the whole city), the peculiar shape of its architecture, and then went on whispering about suicides – yes, in the plural – that allegedly occurred to the same floor or floors. Until recent stories began to circulate, which plainly refer to the Red Building as a "haunted" place, with strange sounds and unexplained phenomena happening within its walls at night.
Our preliminary investigation consisted in collecting as many information as we could. Here are our findings:
The official records bear no valid evidence corroborating the idea that the Red Building is haunted.
The company that built the premise is called Jia Guo Industrial Co., Ltd., a small subsidiary of Bank of China Group, created for the sole purpose of managing the property.
The Red Building was developed in 1993, and completed in 1997. In 1999 it was sold out and purchased by several investors whose identities we have not been able to identify.
Rumors have it that the sales (the candle-shaped towers is the corporate building, but the complex is composed of other reddish skyscrapers hosting apartment homes) were not going well since day one. The reason for this is fuzzy, but it seems that people didn't like the color nor the shape of the corporate towers. Another version state that there was no problem with the sales, for the building sits in one of the central areas of Shenzhen, the CBD in Futian District, which is extremely attractive both for residents and for businesses. All other apartments and offices in the neighborhood get sold out immediately.
So we are confronting with two opposite versions regarding the Red Building, with no clear answers about why it was built and sold in a matter of few years.
Now about the "haunted" part. Based on our research into Chinese sources online, there are several rumors speaking about strange phenomena occurring inside the Red Building, but no audio or video evidence of it has been produced.
In personal blogs people write things like "The Red Building is really weird, so weird. There is someone on the 21st floor. The bathroom has some weird sounds. At night you walk in there and you would hear people washing hands, when in fact there is nobody in the washing room."
Other stories relate to people who allegedly died inside one of the apartments. But again, they are just rumors, no conclusive data seems to exists to support (or debunk) such stories.
We have found a blog on the internet, written in 2010, where the blogger wrote a long, analytical story about the Red Building, and for the only purpose to prove that there is nothing wrong in there, that the color is just an aesthetic finesse, and the candle shape has been chosen to have a better Feng Shui for prosperity and better life of the tenants.
Feng Shui in China has been around for a long time, however modern science doesn't fully endorse its beneficial effects. Given the scientific tenure of this blog, therefore, the mention of the Feng Shui sounds a little contradictory.
JIA GUO INDUSTRIAL
BANK OF CHINA