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"IMPRESSION LIU SANJIE" | FENGHUANG, HUNAN PROVINCE | BEIJING | YANGSHUO, GUANGXI PROVINCE | HONG KONG & MACAU | YUNNAN PROVINCE 1993 | CHINA: 1980's RARITIES

FENGHUANG, HUNAN PROVINCE

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 Westerner visitors - as its not on any tours or near a large city, it is worth the extra effort!

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Fenghuang, Hunan Fenghuang, Hunan Washing in the Tuo Jiang Fenghuang, Hunan Tea Room Chat / Fenghuang, Hunan
Fenghuang, Hunan Fenghuang, Hunan Fenghuang, Hunan Morning Tai Chi Misty Morning
Fenghuang, Hunan Fenghuang Bridge by Night Morning Tai Chi Session 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