Fengdu Ghost City is one of the most attractive shore excursion sites on a Yangtze Three Gorges cruise. Located 107 miles away from Chongqing on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, it is usually served as the first shore excursion destination (either arranged or optional) on a Yangtze River downstream cruise.
It could be a culture shock for western travelers to take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, where they will learn the Chinese Ghost Culture.
To Chinese, the social structure in the underworld is exactly like that in the real world. In hell, spirits would go through a whole bureaucracy of underworld officials to receive their final judgments. Those pure spirits would be rewarded and those sinful ones would be subject to severe punishments. The temples built on Ming Mountain display punishing instruments and wild demon images, which vividly depict the Chinese people’s imagination of Hell.
It is famous for the combinations of the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. Legend says that over 2,000 thousand years ago, two officials named Yin and Wang ( the combination of their surnames means ‘King of Hell’ in Chinese) studied Taoism on the Mingshan Hill and eventually became immortals. It demonstrates the Chinese ghost culture and is a place where the evil are punished, and the righteous are rewarded.
Visitors can climb to the top of the mountain and appreciate the featured amazing temples which depicting underworld demons and gods.
Exploring with Yangtze River cruise ships, you'll get a chance to visit Fengdu Ghost City. Yangtze Gold Cruises, Yangtze Explorer and Changjiang Cruises offer an arraned shore excursion to Fengdu, while Century Cruises, Victoria Cruises and President Cruises offer an optional shore excursion to this site.
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