Fengdu Ghost City
Situated at the northern bank of the Yangtze River and 176 kilometers downstream from Chongqing, Fengdu has been well known as the "Ghost City" since the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. Generally speaking, it is the first destination for the Three Gorges cruise from Chongqing, and is a very popular shore excursion site for tourists on the Yangtze River.
With about two thousand years of history, the Fengdu Ghost City combines the culture of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. Many famous literary works like Journey to the West, Apotheosis of Heroes and Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio contain vivid references to Fengdu.
Two officials from the imperial court--Wang Fang Ping and Ying Chang Sheng were bored with political life in the court and came to Mt. Minshan outside Fengdu city to practice Taoist teachings. Both of them later became immortals by carrying out self-cultivation. When combined together, their surnames Yin and Wang sound very much like "King of Hell" in Chinese. Hence the people began to call Fengdu the "Ghost City".
The temple was built on Mt. Minshan, displaying punishing instruments and wild demon images, which vividly depict the Chinese people's imagination of Hell. Landmarks on the hill bear horrible names, such as Ghost Torturing Pass, Tower of Last Glance to Home, Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge, and River of Blood, etc.
For Chinese people, the social structure in hell is exactly like that in the real world. In hell, a spirit goes through the whole bureaucracy to be finally judged. Those pure of spirit will be rewarded and those sinful of spirit will be subjected to severe punishments. Different punishment would be given to different kinds of sins.
Visitors to the Ghost City will be astonished by the artisanship of the ancient craftsmen, the unique styles of architecture and the uniqueness of the ghost culture. Whatever your beliefs, you are reminded that Good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil.
Fengdu Ghost Town Travel Tips
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Admission Fee: 80 Yuan, Cable Car: 20 Yuan (Round-trip), 15 Yuan (Single Trip)
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