Author: Tony Cheng
Backdate: 5 September 2003
The Yangtze River lies at the heart of Chinese civilisation.
Some of the earliest artefacts of Chinese history were found on its banks, and the river is a central theme that runs through Chinese literature. That literature also has a rich tradition of ghost stories, and until recently, one city on the river epitomised many of those other-worldly beliefs.
The ghost city is a victim of China's massive Three Gorges Dam
But now, that city itself has disappeared, its ghosts claimed by the spirits of the Yangtze.
"Fengdu is a tourist attraction for the Chinese people. We call it Ghost City," said Hu Yu Kua, a tour guide, who has been working on the Yangtze River for the past 15 years.
The City of Ghosts is one of her most popular destinations.
"Chinese people are very interested in the city. There are as many legendary stories as historical stories about it," she said.
"And when the water rises to 175 metres (570 feet) above the sea level, the ghost city will have completely disappeared," she said.
Click here to read full article