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shaoyang9.jpgThe old town of Fenghuang (Phoenix), in the west of South China's Hunan Province, is a historical and cultural old town. Rewi Alley, a famous Australian writer, once described it as one of the most beautiful cities in China.The town maintains this traditional as part of its rich culture. Dragon boat racing in Fenghuang appeared in famous Chinese writer Shen Congwen’s Border Town to express the pride and wild nature amongst the unsophisticated common people.In Fenghuang you can go boating on the Tuo River, wander through the old streets, enjoy a wonderful trip to a Miao house, appreciate Miao dancing, and taste the delicious food of western Hunan Province.


Top Things To Do in Phoenix Town

Tuojiang River Cruise

Tuojiang River Cruise is one of the top atrractions of Fenghuang Tour, feeding the Fenghuang people from generations to generations. Women are usually seen washing their clothes by the river, wearing traditional Chinese leaf or bamboo hat. Men are fond of wearing ancient Chinese waistcoat, fishing in the river. Stone bridges, winding flagstone paths, wooden waterwheels and beautiful Miao ethic girls and Tujia ethic girls in their traditional costumes. A glide on Tuo Jiang River in a Wupeng Boat (an ancient styled shed boat in strong Xiangxi flavor), listening to the folk labor song of the boatman, appreciating the hundred-years...More

Visit The Phoenix Ancient Town

Wandering through the old streets in Fenghuang Ancient Town,you can enjoy a wonderful trip to the local houses of Miao and Tujia's Stiled Houses,meet local ethnic people.Visit Shen Congwen's Former Residence,and other historical relics such as the East Gate City Tower,the North Gate City Tower,and Rainbow Bridge.

Enjoy the Show of Border Town

The Border Town was a novel written by the famous wtiter Shen Congwen. It is put on in Fenghuang Ancient Town as the local dancing music show every night. After you visit Phoenix Town ,you can aslo appreciate Miao dancing and music.

Catching Ducks Competition

After the races, capturing ducks pushes the climax of the game to another tipping point, and this phenomenon cannot be viewed in other places and periods. Looking on from the Tujia Diaojiaolou (Tujia minority 'drooping-corner' buildings) beside the Tuo River, you can observe this unique folk custom.“Duck capturing” is a rarely seen sport. This simple folk custom, mingled with a bit of wildness, reminds well-read Chinese of Shen Congwen’s novel Border Town.


How To Get There ?

Fenghuang is a small county and getting there is not that convenient as getting to big cities. For traveling to Fenghuang, tourists should firstly get to Jishou (the capital city of Xiangxi Autonomous prefecture of Hunan province) or Huaihua (a big city of Hunan province), and then change buses to Fenghuang. There are direct buses bring tourists to Fenghuang from both two cities. Read MoreXiangxi Transportation

Taking Buses from Jishou to Fenghuang

Direct buses from JIshou to Fenghuang are available at the square of Jishou Railway Station from 6:00am to 20:00pm, air-conditioner equipped. The bus journey is about one and a half hour and the ticket price ranges from RMB10 to RMB12. Tourists also can take buses at Jishou Long-distance Bus Station about 50 meters away from Jishou Railway Station.

Taking Buses from Huaihua to Fenghuang

Tourists can take the buses at Huaihua Long-distance Bus Station (10 minutes walking from Huaihua Railway Station). There are public buses connecting Huaihua Railway Station and Huaihua Long-distance Bus Station at the square of railway station. The buses traveling to Fenghuang are available from 7:00am to 18:00pm with an interval of 20 minutes. It takes about two and a half hour to get to Fenghuang. The price varies between RMB20 to RMB30.

Transportattion Between Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang

You can take a direct bus from the bus station in Fenghuang town to Zhangjiajie at 08:30 and 14:30 every day. The trip costs 62 yuan per person and takes 4 hours. Take a bus from Fenghuang bus station to Jishou (吉首) railway station (15 yuan, 1 hour). There are many trains from Jishou to Zhangjiajie (20 yuan, 2 hours)... More 


When to visit Fenghuang ?

Fenghuang has a subtropical monsoon humid climate featured distinct four seasons, sufficient rainfall and abundant sunshine. The annual temperature is 12 °C(58.6 °F) to 16 °C (60.8 °F). July is the hottest month of Fenghuang with the monthly average temperature of 24 °C (75.2 °F)to 27 °C (80.6 °F), and January is the coldest month with the monthly average temperature of 1.7 °C (35 °F) to 4.3 °C (39.7 °F). Tourists can visit Fenghuang Ancient Town in whole year.  Read More Xiangxi Climate & Weather 


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