Fengdu Ghost City is one of the most attractive shore excursion sites along Yangtze river.
Located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Fengdu is 107 miles from Chongqing and 296 miles from Yichang. It is usually arranged as the first shore excursion destination while on a Yangtze downstream cruise.
Situated on the Ming Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Fengdu city has nearly two thousand years' history, which combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taois, and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts.
Fengdu got its reputation as the "Ghost City" in the Eastern Han Dynasty when two officials from the imperial court, Wang Fangping and Yin Changsheng, got bored with the political life in the court and came to Ming Mount outside Fengdu City to practice Taoist teachings. Both of them later became immortals by carrying out self-cultivation.
This story widely spread and Mt. Minshan became famous. When combined together, their surnames Yin and Wang, sound very much like "King of Hell" in Chinese. Hence the people began to call Fengdu the "Ghost City".It was the legendary capital of The Ghost King sculptured statue is 138 meters high and 217 meters wide. The tongue only is 81 meters long and mouth 70 meters wide. The pictures are carved in to the mountain for a depth of 26 meters. Visitors can climb the body of the king to the top of the mountain. Guinness World Records has listed it as the biggest sculpture carved on a rock.Ghost State by Daoists.