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4 things about Fenghuang Ancient Town

By Dianshi Yuan

July 12

With a history of 1,300 years, Fenghuang Ancient Town is known as China’s most beautiful town.

With a history of 1,300 years, Fenghuang Ancient Town is known as China’s most beautiful town.

Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, is situated in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Minorities Autonomous Region. It boasts a history of 1,300 years and features beautiful riverside scenery, distinct residential stilt-houses, elegant bridges, mysterious towers and pagodas.

[Image Credit: Wei]
Fenghuang Ancient Town [Image Credit: Wei]

Built in 1704 under Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, the town maintains its layout and initial appearance after hundreds years.

[Image Credit: Jiashan]
Fenghuang Ancient Town [Image Credit: Jiashan]

Fenghuang is also an ethnic minority group area, with over half of the city’s population belonging to the Miao or Tujia minorities. Featuring traditional garments and silver jewelry, the Miao people interact with visitors and hold traditional entertainment and activities.

[Image Credit: Zhong]
Miao People in traditional costumes [Image Credit: Zhong]

Fenghuang was home to Shen Congwen, a versatile modern author and researcher of Chinese literature. Written in 1934, his masterpiece The Border Town, describes a primitive and pure life in Fenghuang, contributing greatly to the town’s world-wide fame. Venerated by the locals, his former residence has become one of the most popular tourist attractions.

[Image Credit: Liping]
Fenghuang Ancient Town [Image Credit: Liping]

The Diaojiao buildings along the Tuojiang are suspended or often supported by several wooden pillars, and most are inhabited by Tujia locals.



Shuttle bus from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang;

Departure time: 08:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.;

Ticket price: 61 RMB.

Admission fee: 

248 RMB: top 11 attractions at Fenghuang;

138 RMB: the Fenghuang Ancient Town only

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Best time to visit: April. – Oct.

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