Phoenix Ancient Town is a mall town in Hunan province, China. Phoenix Ancient Town is a national historical and cultural town, the famous New Zealand writer Rewi Alley was praised as China’s most beautiful town. Here and Jishou Deben Miao, Shun the mengdong, adjacent Guizhou Fanjingshan is Huaihua, Jishou, Guizhou Tongren only way between the three. As a national historical and cultural city, Phoenix Ancient Town will be the natural scenery and cultural characteristics of organic integrated into one, after a heavy sense of perspective is perhaps its charm to attract visitors all directions of the essence.
Phoenix Ancient Town’s history can be traced back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC). During ancient times it was called “Wu Gan,” before being changed to its present Feng Huang name in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Upon entering the town, visitors will be impressed by its air of mystery, elegance, and primitive simplicity, just like a phoenix. The bridges over the water and unique houses built on stilts display a harmony that is so often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings. This is particularly true when mist pervades the scene in the early morning or after rain. This is a world that is dominated by the color green. The mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green, and even the Tuo Jiang River reflects the greenery.
● Suspended Houses(wooden houses built on stilts) : The town is filled with such suspended houses with strong Tujia ethnical feature.
● Flagstone street: Several flagstone streets crisscross the ancient town. Lining along these streets are the ancient buildings. Walking along these streets is a refreshing relief.
● Wenchangge Temple: This temple is dedicated to worshiping Wenchang Star. The temple is ringed by clusters of bamboo and ancient vibrant tress, which yield a feeling of refreshing and relief.
● Former Residential House of Shencongwen: at the heart of the town, this courtyard got its fame mainly from its owner, Shencongwen, a notable scholar. 11 small and elegant chambers are in thier original style.
Fenghuang has plenty of hotels and hostels but most of them only cater to the domestic tourists. Hotels built along the river offer a good river view.
The best way to travel to Fenghuang is first to go to Huaihua and then proceed to Fenghuang via bus.
There are trains from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou running via Huaihua and trains from Guiyang, Guangzhou terminating in Huaihua.