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Fengdu Ghost City

the four judges in the hell in Fengdu Ghost CityLocated approximately 110 miles from Chongqing and 300 miles from Yichang is an intriguing destination in China known as Fengdu Ghost City, which is also called the "City of Ghosts". The Ghost City is situated on the northern bank of the river between Zhongxian and Fuling, on the Ming Hill with a history of 1,900 years. It is a little graceful town lying at the foothill of the mountains and right by the river. Why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts"?

Fengdu Ghost City was depicted as the 'City of Ghosts' in two ancient, classic Chinese works - "Monkey King" and "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio". Thereafter, Mt. Mingshan gained its reputation as the 'City of Ghosts' where the king lived.

Fengdu Ghost City

There are 75 Buddha and Tao temples in the town of Fengdu Ghost City, most of them gathered on the famous Ming Mountain. Fengdu is the only ghost city in China. The temples are all over the mountain with many statues. In the "spirit world", there are series of super beings in the temples. They all have its own responsibility-they guard the spirit world.

Today, the town throngs with many tourists whom visit temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the Hell. Landmarks of Fengdu Ghost City bear horrific names - Last Glance at Home Tower, Nothing-to-be-done Bridge, and Ghost Torturing Pass - the three trials for ghosts who wanted to enter the nether world.       

Fengdu Ghost City got its reputation as the "Ghost City" in the Eastern Han Dynasty. It is also said two officials from the imperial court: Wang Fangping and Yin Changsheng, got bored with the 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. Their magic stories attracted many believers and Mt. Minshan became famous. When combined together, their vivid ghosts statues in the Fengdu Ghost Citysurnames Yin and Wang, sound very much like "King of Hell" in Chinese. Hence the people began to call Fengdu the "Ghost City". The Ghost King sculptured statue is 138 meters high and 217 meters wide. The tongue only is 81 meters long and the mouth is 70 meters wide. The pictures are carved in to the mountain for a depth of 26 meters. Visitors can climb the body of the king to the top of the mountain. Guinness World Records has listed it as the biggest sculpture carved on a rock.

Since Tang Dynasty, forty-eight temples have been built in Fengdu Ghost City, such as "Hall of the Jade Emperor", "the Palace of Hell", "Boundary Between the Living and the Dead", the "Ridge of Helplessness" and the "Balcony of Nostalgia." All of the templess there look quite magnificent while status are extremely lifelike.

With temples constructed on the Ming Hill by the river bank and many statues of ghosts and devils molded in the temples, these terrifying statues describe the after-life where people who disobey ancient Chinese morals are punished in every horrifying way. By the standard of Hollywood movies, it should be rated the highest level.

From the ship pier, you can climb the winding cobblestone road or take a cable car to reach the 288 meter-high hill. Some ships arrange an early night visit to Fengdu Ghost City just to catch the terrifying effects.

To Chinese, the social structure in the hell is exactly like that in this world. In hell, a sprit would go through a whole and complete bureaucracy to get the final sentence. The pure spirits would be rewarded and the sinful ones would be severely tortures. Different tortures would be given to different sins. The Temple built on Mt. Minshan display instruments of torture and wide demon images, which vividly depict the Chinese people's imagination of Hell. Landmarks on the hill bear horrible name - Ghost Torturing Pass, Last-Glance at Home Tower, nothing-to-be-done Bridge and the River of Blood.

 

Fengdu Ghost City Tour

Every Chinese Lunar March 3 to 15, merchants and businessmen gathered Fengdu Ghost City. There were various folk culture activities at that time.