Fenghuangcun Travel Guide
Originally built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and renovated recently, the Wanming Pagoda is a hexagonal brick structure with seven storeys and is located right on the edge of the river. With flying eaves and a pinnacle roof, it makes for a beautiful reflection in the...
Streets of Fenghuang
These are some street scenes from within the old town. The old town covers an area of about 1.8 sq km with over 300 local-style houses, 20 streets and 10 lanes.
This is the southern gate into the old town. Behind it, just inside the old town is a square which features a model of a phoenix - a mythical bid from which the town is named. Fenghuang Cheng or Phoenix Town is so called as legend has it that two of these fabulous birds flew...
This temple is located in the heart of the old town near Fucheng Gate and features an ancient theatrical stage and main hall.
Gate Towers and wall
A long part of the old town wall is still standing, stretching for about 400 meters along the south bank of the river. The North Gate Tower is found halfway along its length and the East Gate Tower is found at its eastern point. This tower was built in 1715. The wall used to...
There were once four gates into the old town. This particular one is the North Gate, I think anyway! It's located along the road that leads to the large Fenghuang Bridge.
This waterwheel is located just upstream from the ugly Fenghuang Bridge, just in front of a series of weirs. No idea why or what reason it's used for. Just another picture opportunity!
This is the main road bridge through the old town and is rather ugly compared to its surroundings. Anyway, it does offer great views along the river.
Stepping stone & wooden bridge
A couple of other ways to cross the river, other than the conventional bridges, are by taking these stepping stones (which are actually concrete posts) and a rather precarious wooden bridge.
I saw a couple of waterwheels in Lijiang, Yunnan, and there's a few along the river here in Fenghuang. These particular ones lie on the north bank near the stepping stones and look like they're part of a mill. There's more upstream.
Tuo Jiang River
Tuo Jiang River, the biggest river within the county, is one of the branches of Wushui River. Originating from Nanshan Gorge of Dusha, Kuhe, it flows through Fenghuang County from west to east, passing nine counties and towns including La’ershan and Fenghuang County, and...
Stilt houses along river
These types of house are called Diaojiaolou (Chinese for building with hanging legs). The design keeps the buildings safe from the spring floods. These houses really define the old town and give it its "picturesque-ness". You can witness the daily goings-on outside them....
Bingo: Nice ambiance
Was met by a lovely golden retriever dog when I walked inside to see what this place was like. It's located near the Wanming Pagoda and has items such as cheesecake, pizza, spaghetti and pasta on the menu. I had a chicken and potato curry and rice followed by a slice of...
Street stalls: Near the covered bridge
There are a series of night0time eating stalls that run along the road that goes away from the north side of the Hong Qiao Bridge. A few restaurants near where I was staying just had Chinese specialities on the menu like pig's ears and snake which, for some reason, I didn't...
Night shots: Lights along the river
Willettsworld 8151 reviews
I arrived in Fenghuang at around 7pm and so walked around at night after unpacking at my hotel and before I got something to eat. The Hong Qiao Bridge is beautifully lit up at night as are many places along the river. The lights reflect all along the river which really adds to the night-time atmosphere. More photos can be found in one of my travelogues.
Written May 19, 2009
Local treats here include bizarre flat pig's faces! Other food items include dry and cured meats, garlic, peanuts, fish and red peppers.
Fenghuang is one of the picturesque places in China and evidence of this was in the sheer number of students painting scenes along the river.
The Miao are the ethnic people in Fenghuang. The Miao ethnic minority has a population of 8,940,116 which is larger than the other minority groups in China. Today they live mainly in Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan, Hubei, Hainan Provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous...
You can stroll along the side of the river and as you do witness the daily life of the old town that centres around the river. Here you can see people washing clothes and vegetables.
Willettsworld 8151 reviews
Favorite thing: In order to see some of the sights in the old town, you have to purchase a through ticket which costs Y98. I didn't actually bother buying it as it seems a lot of money to see only some of the sights when others were free.
Written May 19, 2009
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