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Fenghuang Ancient Town

 2013-11-25    chloe    Sights    Hunan    2043  

There goes a famous Chinese article "If you look at an old map, you can find a tiny spot named “ZhenGan” in Chinese. It is located in a remote corner of northern Guizhou, eastern Sichuan and western Hunan. That tiny spot has a city just like any other tiny spots have. This city has a population of three or five thousand...... “Written by the renowned writer named Congwen Shen, the article illustrates the mystery of Fenghuang Ancient Town. For years, The Fenghuang Ancient Town has always remained the most inspiring touring resort to visitors from home and aboard.

The Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as the “the Phoenix Town”, is located on the western edge of Hunan Province. As a cultural town, it has a history of more than 1300 years and becomes one of the most amazing towns in China, providing a taste of China’s past and tradition. Built in the Qing Dynasty, the town mainly features unique residential buildings, elegant bridges, mysterious towers and pagodas and most of these historic architectures are preserved very well till now. Once you enter the Fenghuang Ancient Town, you can easily find classical elements everywhere and be attracted by the mystery and primitive simplicity of it.

Actually, the Fenghuang Ancient Town is combined by two towns: the old one and the new one. For most of visitors, Tuojiang River, gate towers, former residences, ancestral hall as well as hongqiao wind and Rain Bridge are five must-see spot. Here we are going to explore some of them.

Our first stop is Tuojiang River. As a matter of fact, the Fenghuang Ancient Town is a small town located on the bank on Tuojiang River and that is why people regard “Tuojiang” as the mother river of Fenghuang. Here you have got a very interesting thing to do – boating downstream across the Rain Bridge. While sitting in the Wupeng Boat (乌篷船), you can enjoy the cozy sky and clear river water, appreciate the unique Diaojiang buildings (吊脚楼) along side the river and listen to the elegant folk songs sung by the helmsman. Wupeng boat is a black-awning boat, which is usually mentioned in Chinese poems and articles. Sightseeing by Wupeng boat on the Tuojiang River may make visitors feel like touring in a Chinese ink and wash painting.

Another place we have to introduce today is the Former residences, because Fenghuang is the home to many well-known celebrities in China. At the beginning of this travelling log, we quote the excellent article the Congwen Shen. Born in Fenghuang, he formerly lived in a classic ancient quadrangle courtyard and now his old residence has become a popular sightseeing spot.

Tips: 1. opening umbrella and stepping on the door sills are not arrowed when you are visiting the local people’s houses. 2. Coins are not accepted in the Fenghuang Ancient Town, so you’d better prepare some banknotes. 3. Male and female should sleep in separated room when spending overnight as a guest.

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