Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu Ghost City got its name during the Han Dynasty when two officers came to Ming Mountain to practice toaist teachings. On Ming Mountain, these officers sought immortality and accourding to legend, they eventually became the kings of hell. During the Tang Dynasty a temple was built in this location to show life in hell. The temple was meant to be horrifying. It showed graphic depictions of the horrors that awaited those who did evil in hell. Now, Fengdu is an entire city dedicated to Diyu, the underworld of Chinese mythology.
It isn't surprising that ghost stories linger in Fengdu. It is said that Fengdu was a Taoist cemetery before it became the ghost city it is today. Although the city bustles with tourists during the day, some believe it is crowded with ghosts after the night falls. Fengdu is one of the creepiest places in the world on almost every list of creepy places I have seen. It is certainly on my bucket list as one of the places I dream of going before I die.