Fengdu Ghost Town
The main attraction: a temple atop a hill overlooking the river, which blends Buddhist and Taoist teachings in a vivid representation of the three tests that the dead must pass to enter the netherworld. The Nothing to be Done Bridge, the Ghost Torturing Pass and the Son of Heaven Palace are also popular attractions in the town. Visitors cross over the bridge in a ritualistic manner based on gender and marital status. Grotesque moss-covered statues depicting demons line the steps of the Ghost Torturing Pass which leads to the Palace.
Fengdu makes for a fascinating cultural study, even for those not well versed in Chinese folklore, simply based on how much Chinese visitors love it. There’s a pleasant hike up to the temple or a gondola for those who don’t want to walk. Once at the peak, the temple grounds make for a pleasant stroll.
Review by EDMUND C, November 2012
Doing what: 4-Day Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang including the Three Gorges Dam
Very comprehensive coverage of the relevant sights that should not be missed along the Yangtze. Hassle-free check-in onboard the ship on the first day. Spacious and pleasant ship interior. There are no elevators though. Good and substantial meals onboard.