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Fengdu Ghost City - Top 3 Attractions in Fengdu County

Fengdu Ghost City - Top 3 Attractions in Fengdu County

In Chinese mythology, Fengdu Ghost City is considered the final resting place for all souls. The inspiration for the city’s name was derived from the different structures which make up the complex of buildings that is the ‘city’. Located on Ming Mountain, you’ll find shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife that make the transition here a more appealing proposition. Learn about the test each soul must take before being granted passage through and understand the significance of the temple’s role in local cultural and religious traditions.

Visiting Fengdu Ghost City is an optional tour with the cruise operators we work with. For more information about inclusions on tour, be sure to ask your travel consultant.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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