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Fengdu – The Chinese Realm of the Dead

Submitted by on October 19, 2009 – 7:56 pmNo Comment

fengduFengdu, China, is a lovely little town situated on the northern bank of the Yangtze river between Zhongxian and Fuling. Yet, as lovely as it is, Fengdu is said to be the abode of devils. It is usually the first stop on Yangtze River cruises that start in Chongqing. The famous ‘ghost city’ was depicted as the “City of Ghosts” in the ancient, classic Chinese works the “Monkey King” and “Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.” Fengdu is home to 75 Buddha and Tao temples along with many statues that are spread over much of Ming Mountain. In the “spirit world,” there are a series of superhuman beings in the temples each having their own responsibilities in guarding the spirit world.

Today, the town spills over with tourists who come to visit the temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. The landmarks here have horrific names like the Door of Hell, the Last Glance at Home Tower and Ghost Torturing Pass. Upon completion of the Three Gorges Dam project, the famous ghost town will become an island. Part of the ghost town of Fengdu will end up submerged with only the scenery above the “Door of Hell” remaining.

IMAGE VIA: Britrob on flickr

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  • JoAnna says:

    What a fascinating picture! Have you been inside? What is it like?

  • Chris says:

    I haven’t but my parents have. The temples inside the complex are amazing. Some of the statues are interesting, while others are kind of silly and a little on the tacky side. There’s also a haunted house and souvenir stands all over the place selling all kinds of crazy looking creatures.

  • Edna says:

    I went to Fengdu last year as a stop on a cruise I took on the Yangtze River. The place is very green, but extremely touristy now, and I assume it will only get more touristy as it becomes accessible only by boat once the Dam Project is complete.
    It might not be the best destination anymore culturally, but it really highlights the effects of the Project on the Chinese and minority people in the area. You can view my Fengdu public photos here- http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2029871&id=37802677&l=e08a2e586c

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