Fengdu Ghost City Facts
The Fengdu Ghost City is located on the Ming Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengdu County, Chongqing municipality, China. It is situated about 170 kilometers downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River. It is considered to be the best place for people to learn about Chinese ghost culture, as Fengdu County has its own unique culture concerned with ghosts and the afterlife, also it is an attraction of a cruise tour along the Yangtze River.
It got its reputation as the "Ghost City" in the Eastern Han Dynasty. 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. This story widely spread and Mt. Minshan became famous. 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". Later, during the Tang Dynasty, a temple was built on Ming Mountain depicting life in hell. It displays hellish images and torture devices and reflects the belief that good people will be treated well in the afterlife and bad people will be dispatched to hell.
Nowadays, Fengdu Ghost City has emerged as an integral piece of scenery for those taking the Yangtze River cruises. Visitors can enjoy both the natural scenery and historic relics during their unforgettable Yangtze River Cruise.
Some Attractions in Fengdu Ghost City
1. The Bridge of Helplessness
The Bridge of Helplessness, which every soul has to cross before entering the underworld. It is built during the Ming Dynasty; the bridge connects the nether world with the real world and is a testing point for good and evil.
2. The Home Viewing Pavilion
The Home Viewing Pavilion that every soul passes by on the journey to the underworld. From the pavilion, they can see their families and loved ones in the world of the living.
3. Hall of the Son of Heaven
Having over three hundred years' history, the palace covers an area of nearly 2,908 square yards. It is composed of a temple gate (paifang) and the palace itself.
4. The Ghost King Stone Carvings
It is awarded "The Largest Cliff Carving and Sculpture" in the world by the Headquarter of Shanghai Guinness World Record. This giant sculpture is 138 meters high and 217 meters wide. Its mouth is 20 meters wide and its tongue is 81 meters long. Therefore, it is called "The Largest Ghost in the World".
There are two main methods of the traffic of Fengdu Ghost City, by expressway or by ship.
1. Traffic of Fengdu Ghost City – Expressway
There is one bus each half an hour heading to Fengdu at Chongqing Chaotianmen Bus Station. Ticket is 60RMB per person; Chenjiaping Bus Station also provides the shuttle bus from Chongqing to Fengdu. The bus drive takes more than 3 hours and will pass through Changshou and Fuling.
2. Traffic of Fengdu Ghost City – Ship
Special Cruise Line
There is a special cruise line between Chongqing and Fengdu. Visitors who like to travel on ship can choose this speicial cruise line to go to Fengdu. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful riverview on ship, but it takes more time than by bus.
Travel Cruise Ship
Beside special cruise line between Chongqing and Fengdu, there are several travel cruise lines from Chongqing to Yichang, Shanghai, Nanjing or Hankou. They all will dock at Fengdu. It takes about six hours from Chongqing to Yichang.
* Chongqing to Yichang Sailing Time: 06:00pm
* Chongqing to Shanghai Sailing Time: 09:00am
* Chongqing to Nanjing Sailing Time: 08:00pm
* Chongqing to Hankou Sailing Time: 07:00pm to 10:00pm
Tips: The sailing time depends on the water level of Yangtze River.
Cable Car Fee
CNY 20 (round-trip); CNY 15 (one-way)