Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - City of Ghosts

I took these photos of the City of Ghosts four years ago, when travelling through China. Fengdu is now a lonely group of temples on Mingshan (Ming Mountain) on the north bank of the Yangtze River. The complex represents the Taoist vision of hell and was once a place where Chinese people came to pray for a happy afterlife for their deceased relatives. However, most of the city has been submerged as part of the Three Gorges Dam project, and the temples are now frequented almost entirely by tourists cruising the Yangzte River. At the top of the mountain is the Palace of Heaven which, according to Chinese legend, is home to the devil and the souls of the dead. Hence Fengdu's popular name, the City of Ghosts.
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