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The Chinese -- Always So Cheerful -- Created A Whole City Dedicated To Hell

NOVEMBER 13, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

The concept of the underworld exists in almost every culture, and these dark realms are always ruled by horrid figures like Lucifer. Even in China, the realm of the dead is depicted as a horrifying subterranean maze called Diyu.

The Chinese even created a real-life version of Diyu called the Fengdu Ghost City, located on Ming Mountain in Fengdu County. But you don't have to be dead to enter this underworld. In fact, it's one of the most popular tourist attractions around.

Over a hundred miles down the Yangtze River from Chongqing lies the city of Youdu -- the capital of this earthly underworld.

This is the entrance to the Fengdu Ghost City. The site has been in use for thousands of years, but these buildings aren't nearly as old.

As a newly-dead tourist, you must first cross the "Bridge of Helplessness." Demons are stationed on the other side, and they decide whether or not you're permitted to enter the underworld, or if they'd rather just throw you into the river.

Now it's time to meet the citizens of Youdu! This is a "lustful ghost." Try to ignore his advances if you can.

The "wreath-eating ghost" was once a girl who stole flower wreaths from statues of Buddha. When she died, she was sent here, where she can only feed on flower wreaths for all eternity.

This is a nature spirit called a "Yashka." These ghosts have been known to lure wayward travelers into the forest and devour them.

This is the "drunkard ghost." He likes to turn things up.

Next, we have statues depicting different ways people can be tortured in the afterlife. Here is a lady being thrown into a boiling cauldron. Looks like fun.

And over here, a man is being disemboweled while a woman gets her teeth pulled.

I think the orange demon is clobbering this guy's genitals with a bat, but I'm not really sure.

Here's a guy being sawed in half.

I guess people get hugged to death by monsters in this version of the underworld. (Or eaten by monsters. Probably eaten.)

And finally, we have the "Home Viewing Pavilion." From here, every soul can see their loved ones on Earth.

Like I said...it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area, and now that I've seen it, I can see why. If only America had a place that accurately depicted the underworld. Oh wait. Las Vegas is already a thing.