Built in the foothills of Mount Ming on the banks of the River
Yangtze, Fengdu Ghost City is an important collection of temples
and monuments which are sacred to three religious orders -
Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
The site has 2,000 years of history and earned its name during
the Eastern Han Dynasty, when two officials from the Imperial Court
came to Mount Ming to learn and practice Taoist teachings. Through
self-cultivation they became immortal and their names (Yin and
Wang)were combined to Yinwang, which means "King of Hell" in
The legend of Yinwang was confirmed under the later Tang
Dynasty, who built an expansive temple on Mount Ming depicting the
horrors of life in hell, with implements of torture and demonic
images, reflecting the belief that good people will be treated well
in the afterlife and evil people will be condemned to hell.