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Fenghuang: China's Phoenix Ancient Town

FENGHUANG: PHOENIX ANCIENT TOWN

'Fenghuang' is Chinese for 'Phoenix', the mythical bird of good omen and longevity that is consumed by fire to be re-born again from the flames. Phoenix Ancient Town is so called as legend has it that two of these fabulous birds flew over it and found the town so beautiful that they hovered there, reluctant to leave.

Phoenix Ancient Town is a wonderful example of what villages were like prior to the onset of modernization. Here dozens of alleys paved with flagstones run between the houses, each showing wear caused by the feet of generations of local people who have used them when going about their daily business. For the visitor, these alleys are the way to see the typical high gabled wooden houses built on stilts along the banks of the Tuo Jiang River at close quarters.

Phoenix Ancient Town does not rely entirely upon natural beauty to attract the visitor for this ancient town with a history spanning 1300 years has a number of remarkable old gardens as well as distinctive residential buildings, elegant bridges and mysterious towers and pagodas. These architectural delights date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911).

Fenghuang County is located in Xiangxi Prefecture, Hunan Province and is difficult to get to for Western visitors - as its not on any tours or near a large city.

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Fenghuang, Hunan The Village Lights Up Time Capsule Fenghuang, Hunan Tai Chi
Fenghuang, Hunan Morning Light Fenghuang, Hunan Fenghuang, Hunan Coming In
Washing in the Tuo Jiang When the Lights Come On... Fenghuang, Hunan Tea Room Chat / Fenghuang, Hunan Fenghuang, Hunan
Morning Tai Chi Misty Morning Fenghuang Bridge by Night Fenghuang, Hunan Morning Solitude
Street vendor, Fenghuang Night Shopping A Happy Vendor Break time Fenghuang Village Sidewalk
Tuojiang River Morning Fenghuang Pagoda just before all the night lights came on Silent Tuojiang Fenghuang Night Market Fenghuang
Fenghuang Night Fenghuang, Hunan Traditional Minority Dress Fenghuang Night Blind Erhu player
Pagoda in Fenghuang Night Night Shoppers Back Street Fenghuang back street market at night Watching an Artist at Work
Morning Tai Chi Session