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Fengdu Ghost City

Type: Cultural Attraction, Religious Site, Historical Site, National AAAA Tourist Attraction

Recommended Visiting Hours: 2-4 hours

Open Hours: 07:00-17:20 (stop selling after 16:00)

Tickets: 100¥/person

Address: Mingshan Mountain, Fengdu County, Chongqing, China

 

Fengdu Ghost City (丰都鬼城) is among the most popular attractions for Yangtze River cruise visitors to China with its famous constructions and displays of culture of “ghost” and the hell and the important function of spreading the traditional values in Confucians, Taoist, and Buddhist believes, and the value of “good people will be treated well, and bad people will be punished after death”. Located on Mingshan Mountain (名山), at the north bank of Yangtze River at Fengdu County in Chongqing, Fengdu Ghost Town is nearly a must-go place for Chongqing visitors and serves as the first shore excursion site for Yangtze cruises. Besides, it is not only “National AAAA Tourist Attraction”, but also a “Famous Cultural & Historical City” originated from the Han dynasty in ancient China, for almost 2,000 years old.

Fengdu Ghost City has no ghosts at all. Among all the versions about the formation of Fengdu Ghost City, the most told is the story about immortalization of Yin and Wang. According to the legend, two people called Yin Changsheng (阴长生) and Wang Fangping (王方平) came to Fengdu to try to cultivate vital energy and later became immortals. People later in Tang Dynasty misnamed them “Yinwang” by combining their family names of “Yin” and “Wang” together into “Yinwang”, which means the “King of Hell”. Therefore, Fengdu Ghost City got its name. Afterwards, with the non-stopping renders in the literary works for long time, the reasonable combination of Chinese culture about ghost with the Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, the mix of local Ba-Yu culture and others from the external regions, the collision of multiple art styles of architectures, sculptures and paintings, the well-known “Culture of Ghost City” finally came into shape, and Fengdu Ghost City is treated as the “destination for the soul of deceased people”. Therefore, if you are interested in the so excellent combining work, you can take some time to enjoy in Fengdu Ghost City.

Fengdu Ghost City - Fengdu Mingshan Mingshan Mountain
The Underworld in Chinese Culture The Underworld in Chinese Culture

 

Highlights of Fengdu Ghost City

In Fengdu Ghost City, you could visit dozens of interesting places and constructions, among which don’t miss the highlighting Bridge of Troubled Water, Emperor’s Palace, and Gate of Hell to know more about the culture of ghost in China.

Bridge of Troubled Water (Naihe Bridge)

The Bridge of Troubled Water or Naihe Bridge (奈何桥) is situated at the half way on Mingshan Mountain. It is regarded as a bridge connecting the past and present, the hell and the real world. the left bridge is for health symbolizing being healthy each year, while the left one is for wealth standing for being rich every year. For couples, you could walk together with hand in hand in even steps, and for single visitors, odd steps, so that you can live happily and peacefully. It is legendarily said the Naihe Bridge is the first test among all the “Three Tests” for people after death, and the dead people would drink the Mengpo soup, walk through that bridge, and then forget all the things happened in the previous life and get the next new life. According to the folk tales, after death, while walking through the bridge, virtual people will have God and Buddha to protect, while the evils will be punished to fall in the “pool of blood” and be tortured by the snakes and dogs in the muddy wave. So every year on the pilgrimage occasion, many pilgrims would through copper coins, ghost money, and stirred rice into the pool for the hungry ghosts.

Emperor’s Palace (Tianzi Palace)

Emperor’s Palace (天子殿) facing the east was firstly built in West Jin Dynasty, about over 1600 years, and the present standing construction was built in 1663, over 300 years old. This palace covering a whole size of 2,431 s. q. m., is the key part of Fengdy Ghost City, and also the most historical, largest, and best preserved temple construction on the Mingshan Mountain. That is the place of the “Maya” who is the “King of Hell”. It consists of an archway, gate, and the palace on an axis. And here in front of the gate, people would do the second test. Dead people are required to stand on the stone there on one foot. And good people can stand for 3 minutes, however, bad people can’t do that and will be punished to the hell.

Apart from that, in the palace, there imitates the scene in the hell with the thick atmosphere of dark and gloom. You could see the statues of the king of hell, officials of different appearances, and many torture scenes displayed there. And that also expresses the opinion of praising virtue and punishing vice.

Gate of Hell (Guimen Gate)

It is legendarily said that the Gate of Hell (鬼门关) is the only way to the hell. Whoever coming here would have to get the check of the road pass which is the evidence to register in the hell after death. With that pass, dead people can go to the hell and go up to the heaven for the upcoming of the next life without any obstacles.

Noting-to-be-done Bridge Bridge of Troubled Water
Fengdu Ghost City - Ghost City of Fengdu Officials in Chinese Culture of Ghost
Fengdu Ghost City - Torture in Hell Different Punishments Scenes in Tianzi Palace
Fengdu Ghost City - Gete of Hell at Fengdu Ghost City

Shuanggui Mountain

Type: National Forest Park

Recommended Visiting Hours: 2-4 hours

Open Hours: 07:30-18:00 (stop selling after 16:00)

Tickets: 100¥/person

Address: Shuanggui Mountain, Fengdu County, Chongqing, China

 

Recently, there is another popular attraction located in Fengdu county, called Shuanggui Mountain (双桂山) , also known as “Luming Mountain”(鹿鸣山) , visited by quantity of tourists of Yangtze River cruise. Shuanggui Mountain stands facing Ming Mountain, with a total area of 100 hectares. Shuanggui Mountain is rich in natural resources, there are over 500,000 trees covered the mountain and rich in varieties. Birds chirp in the forest, countless crystal clear stream flow through ravines, the beautiful sunset varnishing the sky makes you feel you are in a landscape painting.

Legendary lantern shows are held at Shuanggui Mountain each year in the third day of the third lunar month and major festivals. On that day, pilgrims from all directions will gathered here to appreciate all kinds of beautiful lanterns.

There are more than 20 sites in Shuanggui Mountain, such as Luming Temple, Enlai Pavilion, Huguo Pavilion, Helong Pavilion, Sugong Memorial Temple, Confucian Temple in Fengdu etc. Luming Temple is located in the east of the hillside, built in memory of Su Shi, one of the greatest poet in Song dynasty. Confucian Temple in Fengdu, one of the main sites on the mountain, has a carved stone tablet created by Wu Daozi on the left side and Zhenxie tour on the right side. Visiting Shuanggui Mountain can satisfy all your needs for culture and nature.

Fengdu Shuanggui Mountain - Luming Temple Luming Temple
Scenery of Shuanggui Mountain Shuanggui Mountain

Jade Emperor Scenic Area

Type: Cultural Attraction, Religious Site

Recommended Visiting Hours: 2-4 hours

Open Hours: 07:30-18:00 (stop selling after 16:00)

Tickets: 100¥/person

Address: Wuyu Mountain, Fengdu County, Chongqing, China

 

Fengdu Jade Emperor Scenic Spot, also known as the paradise of ghost city, is located in Ming Mountain Street, Fengdu County, closely linked to Ming Mountain Scenic Spot, and Shuanggui Mountain National Forest Park. The scenic spot has been appraised by China religious tourism commission as the "World Taoism Cultural Sightseeing Resort", and it is one of the important scenic spots to learn the “uphold for goodness” culture in Taoism.

The scenic spot is built along the mountains and river, use the Jade Emperor image as the overall shape. The construction of 30 traditional architectures here are based on four-image, five-element and eight-diagram, contained more than 200 elaborately sculpted statues of gods, revealing the traditional immortal culture and creating a solemn atmosphere of religious culture. Famous scenic spots are including Jade Emperor Hall, the Great Buddhist’s Hall, Land’s Hall, Domu Hall, Wealth Hall and Prayer Hall etc.

If you are interested in Taoism, it’s a must go shore excursion during Yangtze River cruise tour. Furthermore it’s also a good place to appreciate the scenery of Yangtze River and enjoy the panoramic view of Ghost City.

Jade Emperor Scenic Area Jade Emperor Scenic Area
Jade Emperor Hall Jade Emperor Hall

 

How to Go to Fengdu from Chongqing

Fengdu County is about 172km from downtown Chongqing. Visitors taking a Yangtze River cruise can visit Fengdu Ghost City, Shuanggui Mountain or Jade Emperor Scenic Area, and with the local guide, you don’t need to worry about the transportation.

Check which Yangtze Cruise ships visit Fengdu Ghost City.

And for other travelers, you could take a special cruise ship from Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to Fendu Port for about 6 hours. And the ship stops in front of the scenic spot.

Also, you could take a coach from Chongqing Chaotianmen Coach Station to Fengdu new county, which departs nearly every one hour and needs, then, you could transfer to the local bus No.109 or directly get on a taxi to arrive at the site.

Fengdu Yangtze Map

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Visit Fengdu Attractions with Yangtze River Cruises

The best way to visit Fengdu is to take a Yangtze River ship to explore the beauty of the place. However different cruises may arrange different Fengdu attractions. As we already knew the basic information about each attractions in Fengdu, there must be a place you want to visit the most. Now, let check out the shore excursions arrangement of each ship company, and choose the one suits your needs.

Yangtze Cruise Ship (Downstream) Arranged Shore Excursion Optional Shore Excursion
Century Cruises Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Ship Lift
Victoria Cruises Jade Emperor Scenic Area, Shennv Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Three Kingdoms Open Air Show, Ship Lift
President Cruises Shuanggui Mountain, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City
Yangtze Gold Cruises Fengdu Ghost City, Lesser Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam Site Shibaozhai Pagoda, Three Kingdoms Open Air Show, White Emperor City, Mini Three Gorges, Ship Lift
Yangtze Explorer Fuling 816 Underground Project or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam Sit Three Kingdom Open Air Show, White Emperor City, Ship Lift
Yangtze Cruise Ship (Upstream) Arranged Shore Excursion Optional Shore Excursion
Century Cruises Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site Tribe of Three Gorges, Ship Lift, White Emperor City
Victoria Cruises Shuanggui Mountain, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Ship Lift, Tribe of Three Gorges or Quyuan Birthplace, The Return to the Three Gorges Show
President Cruises Shuanggui Mountain, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Tribe of Three Gorges, Red Cliff Relocation Village or Xiaoguanshan Folk Culture Park
Yangtze Gold Cruises Fengdu Ghost City, Lesser Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam Site Tribe of Three Gorges or Quyuan Temple, Ship lift, Mini Three Gorges, Shibaozhai Pagoda
Yangtze Explorer Fuling 816 Underground Project or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam Sit Tribe of Three Gorges

(Note: 1. The ARRANGED shore excursions are included in your quotation, so you could visit the sites without extra charge. The OPTIONAL shore excursion needs extra charge. The optional sites will be visited depending on the number of travelers who want to go. You can visit if there are 30 or more people interested (the number of visitors may be adjusted based on the real situation. 2.Please note that all arrival and departure times, shore excursions and lectures are subject to change due to weather, river conditions and permission from the navigational authorities. The cruise company will arrange the same fabulous sightseeing if the prearranged sites cannot be visited in a particular case.)

 

Useful Tips for Visiting Fengdu Ghost City

1. Attractions in Fengdu County are built on mountain areas, there would be many steps need to walk yo to the top place. For people who have weak legs or of advanced age, it is suggested visit Fengdu attractions according to the real condition of your body. If Yangtze River cruise visitors don’t want to visit this place, you can also spend leisure and wonderful onboard with the multiple activities and lectures.

2. Temple Fair: 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.

Fengdu Ghost City - Temple Fair Temple Fair at Fengdu Ghost City in March

How to Plan China Yangtze Cruise Tour

The best way to travel Fengdu is taking a cruise ship, and in this way, you don't need to carry the heavy luggage around and keep transferring from one hotel to another. At present, the most popular two routes are: 4 days & 3 nights downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang and 5 days & 4 nights upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing. In these two routes, when passing through the Three Gorges, tourists can make shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Shennv Stream and Three Gorges Dam. The cruise travel will give tourists a full experience of the beautiful scenery in the Three Gorges. There are many cruise ships in Yangtze River, and all of them are equipped with advanced facilities and personalized services.

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Do you see the chinese culture on the tour to the Tribe of Three gorges?
2017-10-15 17:05
Hello Lyle,
Thank you for the question!
The Tribe of the Three Gorges is a site where you could enjoy the very primitive scenery of water, hills, old structures of peculiar styles, enjoy the interesting and pure folk culture of Tujia minority, and savor the special mixed culture of Ba and Chu peoples in Sichuan, Chongqing, and Hubei regions. And that is a highly popular site for Yangtze River cruise travelers from many countries and regions.
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[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening now! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >