Changsha 长沙市 to Phoenix City 凤凰县 — FZCJ Day 03 # Hunan – China

Because we arrive late yesterday, so the guide is very kind to us. They let us to sleep longer. It’s a pity that We didn’t have time to roaming around Changsha 长沙市.

Changsha 长沙市 (wikipedia) is the capital and most populous city of Hunan Province in the south central part of the People’s Republic of China.

Changsha 长沙市has a history of more than 3,000 years. Changsha 长沙市was the capital of Changsha Kingdom in the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and the capital of the Chu State (907–951) in the Ten Kingdoms period. The lacquerware and Silk Texts recovered from Mawangdui (2nd century BC) there are an indication of the richness of local craft traditions. In 1904 Changsha 长沙市 was opened to foreign trade, and large numbers of Europeans and Americans settled there. Changsha 长沙市 was the site of Mao Zedong’s conversion to communism. Changsha 长沙市 is now an important commercial, manufacturing and transportation centre.

We eat breakfast at 08:00 then depart from Changsha 长沙市 to Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian at 09:00 o’clock. It took about 7 – 8 hours by bus via highway and then another 1 hours through mountain.

We almost sleep along the journey, still got the jetlag from prevous flight. But actually the scene is very beautiful. The driver and the guide is very kind, they let us sleep and the driver drives carefully. And even inform us when we enter the bump road.

Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian is an ancient town. There’s 2 part of the city, the modern one and the ancient one. Our hotel is on the modern one.


Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian is under the administration of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan province, China, bordering the prefecture-level cities of Huaihua to the southeast and Tongren (Guizhou) to the west. It has an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbors unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. The town is placed in a mountain setting, incorporating the natural flow of water into city layout. Over half of the city’s population belong to the Miao or Tujia minorities. It was the center of the unsuccessful Miao Rebellion (1854–73), which created a Miao diaspora in Southeast Asia during the last two centuries. The city is revered in Miao traditions and funeral rites and is the location of the Southern China Great Wall (中国南方长城 Zhōngguó Nánfāng Chángchéng / Miao: “Suav Tuam Choj“), a fortification built by the Ming dynasty to protect the local Han Chinese from Miao attacks.
The ancient town of Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on March 28, 2008 in the Cultural category. This ancient town was regarded as the most beautiful town in China by New Zealand writer Rewi Alley. It was built in 1704, and has 300 years of history. The ancient city is a gathering place for Miao and Tujia ethnic minority.

Though there is no airport or train station in Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian, it is quite convenient to go to Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian. The nearest airport Fenghuang Airport in Tongren City is only 34km away from Fenghuang County and the nearest train station in Jishou City is only 50km away. After arriving at Fenghuang Airport or Jishou Train Station, tourists may take a bus or taxi to Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian. Besides, Zhangjiajie Airport and Huaihua Train Station are also often used as transfer stop for Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian.

We arrive at Phoenix City 凤凰feng huang xian at 15:00 then we go to the ancient part and walk around. It’s beaufitul. We even managed to ride boat.

When the night come, the city is full of light and make the city more beautiful.

After walk around, and before it’s dark, we go back to hotel to eat dinner and rest. The weather is too hot, and uncomfortable.


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