Our first excursion iwas to the Fengdu Ghost City. At first I thought it was a ghost town in the sense that much of the city was submerged when they built the Three Gorges Dam. But Fengdu has always been a town for dead people. Because the temple areas were at the high points, it survived the higher water levels.
We disembarked and had to climb 200 steps:
Guardian of the Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge:
Well, the other two bridges were to be crossed if you wanted wealth or longevity, and our guide made us choose only one.
The Temple of the God of Heaven:
Dragon carving on a column:
Guanyin, goddess of Mercy:
Interior ceiling detail:
Or this "demon" punishes vain girls or playgirls:
What is she doing here, or is she really something else?!
Then the demon for drunkards:
Um, the demon of arsonists?
Now we step through the gate into hell:
The Last-Glance-Towards-Home Tower:
Tianzi Palace/Home of the god of Hell:
Outside this temple is the third test, being able to stand on one foot for three minutes:
The god of Hell:
Next was a little diorama to show what it is like in Hell:
View down onto our river cruise boat:
One of two lifeboats: