Located on the Ming Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Fengdu County is known to most Chinese as the ‘Ghost City’. Having nearly two thousand years’ history, the Ghost City combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. Fengdu got its name as the Ghost City in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Two officials from the imperial court Yin Changsheng and Wang Fangping decided to come to Ming Mountain to practice Taoist teachings. Through self-cultivation they became immortals. Combining their surnames produces the term “Yinwang” meaning the “king of hell.” Later, during the Tang Dynasty, a stupendous temple was erected on Ming Mountain depicting life in hell. It displays demonic images and torture devices and reflects the notion that good people will be treated well in the afterlife and that bad people will be punished by going to hell.
Destinations: Chongqing, Fuling, Fengdu
Duration: 8-9 hrs (approx.)
Best time to visit: All year around
Fitness level: mild
Tour type: Private
We will start early in the morning, set off on highway with great views of rice terrrace and green mountains along the way. In the morning, first visit the underwater museum of White Crane Bridge at Fuling in the Yangtze River. White Crane Bridge is a 1600 meters long, 6 meters wide rock 40 meters under Yangtze river, carved with peoms, fish, white crane, as Yangtze River hydrology station in ancient times. Later, continue to Fengdu ghost city-Ming mountain. In the Chinese vision of afterlife, the dead must undergo three major tests to enter the netherworld. These tests are taken at various locations, including Gate of Hell; Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge; Yellow Spring Path; Home overlooking platform; Ghost Torturing Pass; Tianzi (son of heaven) Palace. We will take the cable up the Ming Mountain, go through all the tests and various scaring temples representing the imaginary hell. Set off on highway back to Chongqing, drop to hotel.
Rate: from 95USD/person
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