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                                                    Ghost city

193 km (120 mi) northeast of Chongqing, 1055 km (645 mi) southwest of Wuhan.

On the banks of the Yangtze River, Fengdu, also known as Guideng or the "city of devils," is filled with temples, buildings, and statues depicting demons and devils. During the Tang dynasty, the names of two local princely families, Yin (meaning "hell") and Wang (meaning "king"), were linked through marriage, making them known as Yinwang, or the "king of hell." Ever since, people have believed that the town is populated by ghosts. you can take a series of staircases or a cable car to the top of the mountain.

The bamboo covered Mingshan (Ming Hill) has a Buddhist temple, a pavilion, and pagodas with brightly painted dragons and swans emanating from the eaves. The hill has a nice view of the Yangtze River.
Among  the attractions are the Four Guardians of the World, the Stele Kiosk of the Ming Dynasty, and the ancient Buddhist cliff inscriptions of the Northern Song Dynasty. There is also a vegetarian restaurant there for visitors.

According to superstitious legend"the dead come to Fengdu and the devils go to hell". Since Tang Dynasty, forty-eight temples have been built in this place, such as the "Hall of the Jade Emperor", " the "Palace of Hell", "Boundary Between the Living and the Dead", " the "Ridge of Helplessness" and the "Balcony of Nostalgia". All of the temples there look quite magnificent while statues are extremely lifelike.

Ghost Town is not terrifying at all as it may sound. It's just a hierarchical netherworld waved with imagination, acting the function of arrest, prison, trial, sentence, and reform. 
       The wispy afterlife builds a real world in Fengdu. The Bridge of Helplessness no longer hears sighs and the blood-red pools don't even exist any longer. Going across the bridge, be it five, seven, or nine steps, means nothing but the pursuit of peace and blessedness. The Mengpo soup on the bridge has become a purchasable feature, allowing memories to linger in every tourist's heart. 
      The journey for the spirit is one that bids farewell to the country and the relatives, leaving nostalgia and the hardships of entering the netherworld all to themselves.
      The journey for the living is one that yearns for the Ghost-City culture and searches for self-cultivation and inner redemption.
From ancient times to Eastern Han Dynasty, with the two thousand years of history, the Ghost City has cumulated fictions, poetry, travel notes and epigraph during the past dynasties and at all times and in all over the world it has become a unique ghost culture gathering. 
       The Ghost City is noted not only for its legends, but also for its attractive scenery. The bridges, the pavilion, the stages, the halls, the ancient temples, the old caves and trees old as time reaching the sky…..all add color to the mysteriousness of the mountains. Every spot is filled with wonderful scenes and thought-provoking stories. Even Yi Zhongtian, a notable scholar acclaimed "upon all corners of the land, since year millenary, the Ghost City ranks with Buddha, Taoism,and Confucianism ". 
         Stop by the gate of ghost. Get a baptism for human nature. And when return to the real world, your soul would surely be clear and bright than never before.

One other ghostly attraction in Fengdu worth mentioning is the Last-Glance at Home Tower. This structure was built in 1985 and commemorates the site where spirits consigned to hell could take one last look at their families.

Visitors to the Ghost City will marvel at the artisanship of ancient craftsman, the unique styles of architecture and the culture of the ghost. Whatever your beliefs, you are constantly reminded the "Good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil." A major highlight here is the annual temple fair every March 3 - 5 featuring all kinds of folk activities and performances.

Public Transportation:
The continual-departing coach from Chaotianmen station to Fengdu costs ¥53 per person (insurance covered) and takes 2 hours.
Ships from Chaotianmen wharf to Fengdu are available any time. It takes you 6 hours to arrive at the old county, and the Ghost City locates right close to where you disembarked. (More information can be get from the ticket-selling counter of Chaotianmen).
Itinerary for driving: taking Chongqing-Fuling expressway to get to Fengdu. It's a 2-hour driving distance. Afterwards, a 15-minute drive can get you at the Ghost City
Tickets for the cross river tram: ¥20 per person (a two-way ticket)
Yummy food: spicy chicken
Specialty: Ghost Town preserved pickle, fairy Tofu, ghost handicrafts, Mengpo tea, and handmade fans.

Admission Fee: CNY 80
Cable Car: CNY 20 (round-trip)
CNY 15 (one-way)
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00


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