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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).

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