Fenghuang Ancient Town is a pretty beautiful town in China, and it has built a big name through books, photos and videos promoting its beauty to the world. For tourists who are planning a trip to Fenguang Ancient Town, here we make this useful article about Fenghuang Ancient Town travel tips.
Location. Fenghuang Ancient Town is located in the southwest of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province. It is 27 kilometers away from Tongren Fenghuang Airport (Guizhou Province), 57 kilometers away from Huaihua Zhijiang Airport and 280 kilometers away from Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport, and 450 km from Changsha.
► Get to Fenghuang Ancient Town from Zhangjiajie
Tourists in Zhangjiajie could take bus from Zhangjiajie Bus Station or Wulingyuan Bus Station to Fenghuang North Bus Station, then take taxi or public bus (No. 1 or No. 2 bus) to Fenghuang Ancient Town.
From Zhangjiajie Bus Station:
From Wulingyuan Bus Station:
► Get to Fenghuang Ancient Town from Changsha
By bus. Take bus from Changsha West Bus Station to Fenghuang North Bus Station.
Train to Jishou Railway Station from Changsha-bus to Fenghuang North Bus Station (30 min/ 25 yuan)-taxi or bus to Fenghuang Ancient Town.
High speed train to Huaihua South Railway Station (2 hours/158 yuan for a second class seat)-bus to Fenghuang North Bus Station (1 hour/45 yuan)-taxi or bus to Fenghuang Ancient Town.
Fenghuang Ancient Town is one of the most beautiful towns and also a famous historical and cultural town in China. First built in 1556, Fenghuang Ancient Town has a history over 400 years, and up to now, it has been well preserved. Tourist could see over 120 unique residential buildings in styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, over 30 temples, shrines and pavilions, and over 200 ancient stone streets within this small town. Strolling in Fenghuang Ancient Town would give you a fresh new experience.
Fenghuang Ancient Town is along the river Tuojiang, which is the mother river of Fenghuang Ancient Town, watering the land and beautifying its environment. When watching the town from the city wall, you could feel the importance of the river to Fenghuang Ancient Town, making it vivid and dynamic.
Another feature of Fenghuang Ancient Town is in its people, ethnic groups. Fenghuang Ancient Town covers a total land area of about 10 square kilometers, where 28 ethnic groups live, such as Miao, Han and Tujia. The culture of those ethnic groups lightens the town in its buildings, food, people’s dressing, such as the stilted building.
► Fenghuang Ancient Town weather: Fenghuang Ancient Town has an average annual temperature between 12 ℃-14 ℃, an average temperature of 24 ℃ in July, and 1.7 ℃-4.3 ℃ in January. It gets cold from November, and gradually falls into winter. In December, the weather may lower to 0 ℃.
► Best time to visit Fenghuang Ancient Town: all year round. But most tourists choose to visit Fenghuang Ancient Town in spring and summer.
► Open time: all day for Fenghuang Ancient Town, 08:00-18:00 for scenic spots inside the town.
Fenghuang Ancient Town has many highlights, and here we introduce those highlights to you for having a Fenghuang Ancient Town Tour, which are popular to tourists for sightseeing and activities to do in Fenghuang.
► Fenghuang Ancient Town Highlights. The Nine Scenic Spots are Shen Congwen’s Former Residence, Xiong Xiling’s Former Residence, Dong Gate City Wall, the Ancestral Hall of the Yang Family, Tuojiang Boating, Wanshou Palace, Chongde Hall, Old House of Chen Baozhen, Hongqiao Bridge. Tourists could visit those old houses and learn about those buildings, enjoy the beauty of ancient buildings of ethnic groups.
► What to do in Fenghuang Ancient Town
Hanging around Fenghuan Ancient Town. Tourists could see those old residential buildings, walk along ancient stone streets, taste local food, buy gifts in those special stones and enjoy local musical songs. Moreover, tourists could go up to the city wall, and see the whole town from a panoramic view.
Take river boat or raft, or walk along the river Tuojiang. Tourists could take boat to enjoy the beauty of Tuojiang, which takes about 20 min for the whole journey, and ends in Hongqiao Bridge. Tourists could take beautiful photos in the Hongqiao Bridge and have fun in there. Tourist could also walk along the river, and visit those stilted buildings.
Watch shows. In Fenghuang Ancient Town, there are several shows for tourists to watch and learn about local culture, custom and myth, such as the Xiangxi Driving Corpse.
Take photos. Fenghuang Ancient Town is one of the most beautiful towns in China, and also one of the best places for photography. Every year, it has attracted lots of photographers to come, especially photographers who like city views and ancient buildings. Best time for photography in Fenghuang Ancient Town is March, April, September, and November.
Considering most tourists plan to visit Fenghuang Ancient Town from Zhangjiajie, here we make this suggested Fenghuang Ancient Town tour itinerary from Zhangjiajie, and you could take it as a reference for making your trip to Fenghuang Ancient Town.
► Departure to Fenguang Ancient Town:
► Sightseeing time: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM.
► Leave Fenghuang Ancient Town at the next morning.
For tourists who do not plan to stay 1 night at Fenghuang Ancient Town, you could take bus for leaving after the sightseeing.
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