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, Fengdu Ghost City combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts.
Meet The Ghosts Of China's Hell In Fengdu Ghost City
1. Guimen Gate
The next thing to do at Fengdu Ghost City is to visit the Guimen Gate. The second major test takes place at the Guimen Gate (also known as the Gates of Hell). In some sources, it is the third major test that takes place here, but most consider this the second. The Chinese believe that it is here that the souls of the dead report to the King of Hell for judgment. At this place, the dead are issued a road pass which would serve as evidence so that they may register in the afterlife. At Fengdu Ghost City, the front of the Guimen Gate is decorated with eighteen sculptures of ferocious demons.
2. Tianzi Palace
The last major test is carried out in the Tianzi Palace (known also as the Emperor's Palace). This structure was originally built during the Western Jin dynasty. The current one, however, dates to the early part of the Qing dynasty. The test here is for a person to stand on a large stone (located in front of the gate) on one leg. Whilst a good person can do this easily, an evil one apparently cannot – leading them to be punished in the afterlife. Your Fengdu Ghost City ticket includes the access to this Palace.
3. Last-Glance at Home Tower
One other ghostly attraction in Fengdu worth mentioning is the Last-Glance at Home Tower. This structure was built in 1985 and commemorates the site where spirits consigned to hell could take one last look at their families. Visitors coming here will marvel at the artisanship of ancient craftsman, the unique styles of architecture and the culture of the ghost. Whatever your beliefs, you are constantly reminded the Good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil. This area can be accessed with your Fengdu Ghost City Ticket.
How to Get Tickets?
Fengdu Ghost City Ticket can be purchased when you arrived at the temple. It has a ticket booth where you can purchase the tickets. The temple opens at 6.30am and closes at 5.30pm, however they stop selling Fengdu Ghost City Ticket at 4pm, so make sure you arrive before that time.
How To Get Around?
You can get around the Temple by walking or using the cable car once you get your Fengdu Ghost City ticket. There are a few attractions around Fengdu Ghost City that can be seen on a cruise trip.
What Should I Wear?
Fengdu Ghost City is located on a hill, it could be pretty cold up there. Wear warm clothes and check the weather before you go. Also, wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking and climbing hundreds of steps.
Best Time to Visit
Fengdu Ghost City can be visited at any time of the year. It gets crowded at 9am in the morning so if you want to avoid that make sure you go earlier or later.
Will I Need a Guide?
No. You will not require to take a guide.
How To Get There?
It takes about 3 hours from Chaotianmen Bus Station of Chongqing City to Fengdu Ghost City. Fengdu Ghost City is about 160 kilometers or 100 miles east of Chongqing in the Three Gorges Lake. It is usually the first location that a cruise ship going east from Chongqing will come to unless it stops at the ancient city of Fuling that is about 25 kilometers west on the river.
During March 3rd-5th every year, there is the annual temple fair held at Fengdu Ghost City, when many different kinds of performances and activities would be prepared for visitors from all places in the world. Since Fengdu Ghost City is built on the mountain area, there would be many steps(about 800 steps) need to walk up to the top place.For people who have weak legs or of advanced age, it is suggested visit Fengdu Ghost City according to the real condition of your body.