ghost stories: Xinhai tunnel
--By Darren Hassan Translated
by Kiki Wu
Most of us are suckers for
a good ghost yarn so I decided to take a look
at some haunted places here on our beloved
island. Firstly, the XinHai tunnel (Taipei
to Muzha), which is built on top of a hill,
also serves conveniently as a cemetery. Apparently,
drivers who drive through this tunnel experience
phenomena in which they are trapped in a place
and cannot get out of it. For example, you
are lost in a maze and keep on coming back
to the same point (or busting for a pee whilst
in a cab and sooo far away from your destination).
In the case of the XinHai tunnel, drivers
can see the end of the tunnel but, for some
reason, no matter how fast they drive, they
can never reach it. Scary stuff!
Another strange occurrence
is that of an old woman who reportedly cleans
the road right in the middle of the tunnel.
No matter how many times the drivers honk
for her to get out of the way, the woman will
just keep on sweeping. When the car is only
a few feet from her, the old woman will suddenly
disappear into thin air. Creepy!
So, I decided to take a tour through the tunnel
to see if I had any similar, weird ectoplasmic
The outcome? After a few near-death
experiences with the taxi driver and other
cars, and an out-of-body experience due to
the amount of beer the night before, I can
confidently tell you that I'm still driving
through after three days with the end in sight.
I have also managed to bargain the old ghost
woman into cleaning my apartment for a few