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Holloween haunted house caters to Chinese visitors

2010-10-28 02:02:56 GMT2010-10-28 10:02:56 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

An artist prepares before a performance at the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai on Oct 27, 2010. China's first Halloween haunted house attraction, which opened in 2009, is spooking the crowds in Shanghai, with its creators hoping to cash in on the traditions of the ancient, but essentially Western, festival to commemorate the dead. While China has a rich tradition of ghosts and ghouls of its own, Halloween is a non-event for most Chinese, who hold their own commemoration f

A costumed performer stands beside a security guard at the gate of the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai Oct 27, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

Artists prepare to perform at the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai Oct 27, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

Visitors react as an artist performs at the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai Oct 27, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

A visitor reacts to an illusion trick at the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai Oct 27, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

Visitors react as an artist (L) performs at the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai Oct 27, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

An artist prepares before a performance at the Shanghai Nightmare haunted house attraction in Shanghai on Oct 27, 2010. China's first Halloween haunted house attraction, which opened in 2009, is spooking the crowds in Shanghai, with its creators hoping to cash in on the traditions of the ancient, but essentially Western, festival to commemorate the dead. While China has a rich tradition of ghosts and ghouls of its own, Halloween is a non-event for most Chinese, who hold their own commemoration for the dead during the Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day, usually marked in April. The creators of the haunted house, American-Chinese Gan Quan and his wife Xu Jiali, said it's about time Chinese got a taste of Halloween.

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