Fengdu Ghost City

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Fengdu Ghost City  is a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife located on the Ming mountain, in Fengdu County, Chongqing municipality, China.

It is situated about 170 kilometres (110 mi) downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River.

The city consists of buildings, structures, dioramas, and statues related to Diyu and Naraka, concepts from Chinese mythology and Buddhism that signify the underworld or hell. It is modeled to resemble Youdu, the capital of Diyu.

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After the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the rising of the water level of the river it became separated from the city of Fengdu, which was rebuilt higher up the mountainside on the south side of the river.

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In recent years, Fengdu Ghost City has become a tourist attraction. Cruise boats carrying tourists up or down the river stop at the docks and tourists are taken in vehicles halfway up the mountain. From there there is an open-air escalator up to the complex or the visitor can climb up on foot.

Demon for bad boys at Fengdu Ghost City. Photo by Matt Ryall

The site’s history goes back nearly two thousand years, at least in legends. It focuses on the afterlife and combines the beliefs of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. It is mentioned in several classic Chinese works of literature like Journey to the West, Apotheosis of Heroes, and Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.

According to legend, Fengdu got its name of Ghost city during the Eastern Han Dynasty when two imperial officials, Yin Changsheng and Wang Fangping, came to Ming mountain to practice Taoism and in the process became immortals. The combination of their names, Yinwang, means “King of Hell” and that was the beginning of the site’s focus on the underworld. Many of the temples and shrines show paintings and sculptures of people being tortured for their sins.

Modoribashi at Fengdu Ghost City. Modoribashi means the Bridge to Hell. An attraction called “Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge” connects the real world with the nether world. It’s a testing point for good and evil. According to legend, the bridge has three identical stone arches. The middle arch is where people are tested, but there are many different protocols for crossing the bridge – all depending on age, gender, and marital status. Photo by Gisling


Chinese Realm of the Dead. Another attraction is “The Ghost Torturing Pass.” It is the second test before entry into the nether world and it’s said that it is the place where the dead report to the Yama, the King of Hell, for judgment. Photo by Maximovich Nikolay


Hell and its bureaucrats at Fengdu Ghost City. Why are there bureaucrats in Chinese hell? Because to the Chinese, the social structure in the hell will be exactly like it is in this world. In hell, a spirit would go through an entire bureaucracy to get the final sentence. Photo by Chiva Congelado


Fengdu Ghost City – “The City of Ghosts”. Photo by Rafael (Rafa http://www.micamara.es)


Photo by Chiva Congelado


“hell.” Photo by DDTai


“hell.” Photo by DDTai


“Punishment and reincarnation.” Photo by Chiva Congelado


“Ghost of Lust.” Photo by Gisling


Big Demon Ghost. Photo by Terry Feuerborn


Drunkard – Ghosts lining the way to hell. Photo by Gisling


Ghostly statue leading to hell. Photo by Rafael (Rafa http://www.micamara.es)


Yasha ghost. Photo by Gisling


Torturer at Fengdu City of Ghosts. Photo by Wilson Loo




Photo by Maximovich Nikolay


Fengdu Ghost City Pagoda. Photo by Gisling


Source: Wikipedia, lovethesepics