Tuojiang River, the largest river in the Fenghuang county, is one of the branches of Wushui River. Originating from Nanshan Gorge of Dusha, Kuhe, Tuojiang River flows from west to east in Fenghuang county. It is 131 kilometers long, among which 96.9 kilometers is in Fenghuang County, with the drainage are of 732.42 square kilometers.
Tuojiang River is the Mother River of Fenghuang County, feeding Fenghuang people from generations to generations. Women are usually seen washing their clothes along the river, wearing traditional Chinese leafs or bamboo hats. Men would like to wear ancient Chinese waistcoat, fishing in the river. Stone Tuojiang River bridges, winding flagstone paths, wooden waterwheels and beautiful Miao ethic girls and Tujia ethic girls in their traditional costumes.
A glide on Tuojiang River in a black covered boat, listening to the folk labor song by boatman, appreciating the hundred-year-old unique houses built on stilts along the riverbank is an impressive, peaceful and unforgettable experience. As rowing ahead, passing through the Hong Bridge, famous attractions of Fenghuang County are turning up one flowing another: Longevity Palace, Wanming Tower, Tuocui Building.
As tourists go downstream through the Rainbow Bridge, a picture of water town south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River will spread in the front: the Wanshou Palace, the Wanming Tower, the Duocui Building, and so on and so forth.
Since the 1990s, however, with the improvement of transport and expansion of the tourist industry, narrow flagstone paths and stone steps along the Tuojiang River as well as more spacious newly-paved plazas further back are now crammed with visitors, most from other parts of China.
Tuojiang River Travel Tips
1 The best time to visit Tuojiang River is from May to October, when touristscan doing drifting;
2 There are many boats on the sides of Tuojiang River, 10 - 15 yuan per person.
3 Tuojiang River location: Phoniex County, Jishou City, Hunan Province
4 Ticket Prices: CNY 30
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