Like most other teenage girls, I went through a goth phase as a natural blonde the black hair dye brought out my pallid skin to an even more tepid white. And sure, I read every Christopher Pike, Anne Rice and assorted vampire book available. Every book available. But never did I come across the wacky wonderfulness that is the world of Chinese vampires. Don't expect any sexy gothically inspired fanged fantasies coming in from the Middle Kingdom.
Traditional Chinese vampires, while also bloodsuckers and fearful of certain religious ceremonies, are dissimilar in many other ways. Instead of moving in graceful steps at inhumanely fast speeds, Chinese vampires can only move in straight lines. And even then, they hop! With arms straight in front, almost like an Egyptian mummy.
However, don't take the slightly hysterical sight of a corpse in traditional silk garb hopping at you in a linear manner too lightly. And definitely don't laugh. Because that's how they know where you are! Yes, Chinese vampires are blind! But... they can sense your location by the CO2 as you exhale (not kidding here) just like a mosquito!
So why the funny arms? This is because they don't suck your blood through fangs, but through their nails, which they stick in to their victim's necks. Yes. They suck your blood (ie: lifeforce) through their nails. -- That ain't nailpolish, honey, that's blood!
Ok, enough with the funny. The coolest thing about Chinese vampires is that a buddhist monk can write a curse on a piece of paper and this is their version of stake through the heart -- paste this piece of parchment onto the forehead of a vampire and voila -- no more mobile vampire! (But, it does mean that they don't turn into dust and have to be stored in special coffins, somewhat tiresome, no?) So take that, Mr Lestat, try hopping and sucking blood through *your* fingernails!