Ghost City of Fengdu, Chongqing

Witness the Chinese vision of afterlife at Ghost City of Fengdu, nearly two thousand years old and merging influences and teachings of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Legend has it that two imperial court officials, Yin and Wang--the combination of their names coining the phrase "the king of hell"--came to the mountains to practice Taoism and became immortal. Observe the demonic images depicting life in hell, and walk over a bridge that connects the underworld with this world and separates virtuous from sinners--the latter ones are supposed to fall into the pools below the bridge. Other ghostly attractions include a torturing pass fronted by statues of fierce demons and a palace with a large stone in front of its gate--a good person will manage to stand on it with one foot in the air for three minutes, while a bad person won't. Put Ghost City of Fengdu on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chongqing trip planner.
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  • Demon made the cut and then a lot, it made us laugh. In addition, any AIDS to a smooth round stone on the ride and seems to be good.
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  • Visited here as part of our 5 day Yangtze River Cruise. Lots of steps so would be quite uncomfortable during summer. It was warm enough when we went in October. It was packed with locals as we were th...  more »
  • Three canyon on the Long River three canyon this seems to be a must-stop point, to here can do is all the way uphill to the top of the temple, a side to listen to the story.
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  • Nice location. Not haunted or spooky or any way. Typical Chinese tourism attraction; a bit of a facade
  • It's a neat place to learn a little more about Taoist and Buddhist beliefs. The temple complex is actually a replica of the original, which was sadly razed during the Cultural Revolution. So although most of it dates back to only the last 10-20 years, it does faithfully recreate what was here before. The only original piece is the Lord of the Netherworld, 'cause even when following the Chairman's orders, the locals weren't stupid. The place is made up of a series of different temples, all fulfilling various purposes in Taoism and Buddhism. There are also a few allegorical tests for spirits that you can do, with varying levels of touristy knick-knacks accompanying them. The temple or shrine to the king of the underworld is active though, and you can participate if you want or just observe. But while I was there a fair few faithful came to pay their respects via an interesting tradition-they took bamboo passports with seals made from cinnabar ink, offered them to the lord, then had them ritualistically burned outside. There are limited bathroom opportunities and only snacks and bottled drinks available, so if you're not on a Yangtze River Cruise, make sure you bring supplies.
  • Lots of interesting carved ghost characters. Where are the T-shirts?
  • Went there today (April '17) and was disappointed with the experience. I had been really looking forward to it but ended up rushing through most of it as it was full of tour groups, with guides talking loudly into microphones and people queuing to take pictures in front of everything. Some parts were really atmospheric and beautiful but not worth, in my mind, the hassle of getting there from Chongqing... Very souless for a place supposedly so spiritual, surrounded by the usual tourist infrastructure of souvenir shops etc... We paid 50 for the entrance fee using student ID (it's 100 otherwise, some people use drivers livenses or other photo-cards). We did not know this but the area has been divided into two 'scenic areas', each of which requires a different ticket (the other one is priced at a 100 too) - so this review is only for the hell part - we skipped heaven... That's where the ghost king is (the big head sticking out of the rock, although you can still see it from afar). Lots of things were also closed, so yeah... I wouldn't bother... :)
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