'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.
The town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. Upon arrival visitor will be impressed by its air of mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. This is a world that is dominated by the colour green. The mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuo Jiang River reflects the greenery. 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. It soon becomes apparent that the claim to being one of the two most beautiful towns in the whole of China is more than justified; the other town is Chang Ting in Fujian Province.
Standing by water side, the ancient town is like a shy girl who attracts the people with her natural beauty and quiet temperament. Blessed with picturesque natural sceneries and unsophisticated customs, the Phoenix Ancient Town is a pure land with long history and distinctive features. With profound and mystical scenes, Phoenix Ancient Town evokes people's longing for a more remote and simpler time. Walking on the tranquil stone lanes, it seems that time stops and listen to the most subtle whispers about this charming place. Drifting on the delicate boat in the limpid river, the ferry man will guide you to the most traditional part, and experience its magic.
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.
Although very beautiful, Phoenix Town does not rely entirely upon natural beauty to attract the visitor, for this ancient town with a history spanning 1,300 years has a number of remarkable old gardens as well as distinctive residential buildings, elegant bridges, and mysterious towers and pagodas.
Former Residence of Shen Congwen
Market of Miao Minority
Admission fee: 148RMB/person