Across the Roof of the World to Tibet
By Peter Liney
21 April 2016
My journey started with a few days in Beijing and the opportunity to take in all of the city’s great landmarks – in particular Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace...Read more
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 Chinese.
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.
A dizzying mix of ancient cultures, tumultuous history, breathtaking natural beauty and dynamic urban landscapes, China is a feast for all the senses. Magniﬁcent Beijing, the legendary Terracotta Warriors, captivating pandas and a cruise through the Three Gorges combine to offer an unforgettable experience.… see more
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