Fenghuang means phoenix in China. Do you know phoenix is a mystical Chinese bird reborn after fire? It symbolizes good omen and longevity. So does the case for the Ancient City of Fenghuang, an old town in Hunan Province which was once lauded as the most beautiful town of China by New Zealand writer Rewi Alley. The Ancient City of Fenghuang is located in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. It is approximately 140 kilometers from Zhangjiajie City.
The Ancient City of Fenghuang is an old town having 2,500 years of history. It was built along the river of Tuojiang and embraced by surrounding green mountains. Diaojiaolou is one of the unique attractions here. Diaojiaolou are houses built on tilts situated along the riverbank. The design keeps the building safe from flood. There are tens of ancient narrow cobblestone streets running through the old town. Not to miss out are the ancient buildings with distinct Ming and Qing Dynasties architectures such as Huangsiqiao Castle, Xiangxi Border Walls, Chaoyang Palace, Longevity Palace, Heavenly King Temple and many other. The Tujia and Miao minorities still keep intact their customs, living styles and festivals. And this is another attraction of the colorful Ancient City of Fenghuang!
Riverside antiquity, Fenghuang, China