"Fenghuang" Fenghuangcun by Willettsworld

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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. Fenghuang Cheng or Phoenix 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 with green mountains and the Tuo Jiang River running through its heart. Running along both banks of the river are some very picturesque stilt houses which are designed in order to be safe during spring floods. The old town area goes back some 1300 years but most of what you see today was built during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). If you've just come off the Yangtzi River cruise, then why not come here from Yichang, like I did. You won't be disappointed.

  • Last visit to Fenghuangcun: Apr 2008
  • Intro Written May 19, 2009
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