Fengdu Ghost City is located in Fengdu County in Chongqing city, 170 kilometers downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River, which is a must-see along Yangtze River cruise. Fengdu Ghost City is renowned for vividly constructed architectures and figures in Hades, such as Heng Ha Temple, Son of Heaven Hall, Bridge of Helplessness, Yellow Springs, Ghost Torturing Pass, Eighteen Level of Hells, King of Medicine Hall, Judge of Hell and Home Viewing Pavilion and the like. The Hades referred in the great works like Journey to the West, Apotheosis of Heroes and Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio are all vividly shown here. Fengdu Ghost City is the place where mystique of ghosts in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are perfectly blended.
Bridge of Helplessness
Bridge of Helplessness is the bridge that every soul has to cross before entering the underworld. The bridge has a history of 500-plus years, 172cm high, 156cm wide and 355cm long, blue-stone paved path and flower-engraved railings. Below the bridge is a square-shaped pool of water. People with great virtue will pass the bridge smoothly, while the evil ones will fall into the pools below and would be suffered severely.
Ghost Torturing Pass
The Ghost Torturing Pass is perched atop the Mingshan Peak and it is the outer-door to enter the Son of Heaven Hall. According to great novels like Journey to the West, every soul need to report to Yams, the king of the hell after death, and they need to cross through the Ghost Torturing Pass. Devils in Ghost Torturing Pass are all vividly created.
Eighteen Levels of Hell
On both sides of Son of Heaven Hall stands a hell, which is often referred as eighteen levels of hell. Eighteen Levels of Hell is the place where the Yama, the King of the hell, punish the souls which commit sins when they are alive. It is said that sinners are subjected to gruesome tortures until their “deaths” in the eighteen levels of hell. What kind of tortures would be suffered depends on the sins committed, varying from sawing, carving, slicing into half, mashing or pounding into pulp, to crushed by heavy rocks or boulders, run over by vehicles, boiled in oil cauldron and the like.
Location: Fengdu County, Chongqing
Admission Fee: CNY 80
Cable Car: CNY 20 (round-trip); CNY 15 (one-way)
Open Time: 9:00-17:00