Fengdu Ghost City is situated on the northern bank of the Yangtze River. It is considered to be the best place for people to learn about Chinese ghost culture, as Fengdu County has its own unique culture concerned with ghosts and the afterlife. It is a popular scenery point on Yangtze River cruises.
It used to be a burial area with scores of temples and shrines and a small ancient town. The city combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. Many famous literary works like Journey to the West, Apotheosis of Heroes and Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio contain vivid references to Fengdu.
In the Chinese vision of the afterlife, the dead must undergo three major tests to enter the netherworld. These tests are taken at three locations: Naiheqiao (Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge), Ghost Torturing Pass and the Tianzi (son of heaven) Palace. These three locations are among many attractions in this scenic area.
Nowadays, Fengdu Ghost City has emerged as an integral piece of scenery for those taking the Yangtze River cruises. Visitors can enjoy both the natural scenery and historic relics during their unforgettable Yangtze River Cruise.