Jin Fenghuang Hotel
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... it is World Heritage listed.
The owner of Fenghuang charges all tourists entering the city. Despite being the traditional area of the Miao people, it appears that they have few rights given that ownership is in the hands of one man. The food here is different also.
Our very large hotel was situated right beside the river though accessing the walks beside the river didn't prove to be that easy. Despite our location there was still quite a deal ...
Finally found fried rice for breakfast after two mornings of **** Western style. With a late bus arrival and waiting 30mins for tickets, we only just made our train. We had a short train ride, lunch in Huiahui and an hour long bus trip to Fenghuang (Phoenix town). It was over ten hours of travel to get from Xi'an. Phoenix Town is a traditional/ancient city made for tourists - home to the Miao people. It is set on the side of a river with multiple pedestrian bridges ...
Photographs of Fenghuang show a row of medieval old Chinese houses on stilts along a river. The ancient town is billed as one of the authentic surviving examples of what rural China used to look like. We've come here to get that snapshot... along with seemingly thousands of Chinese tourists - we've seen not a single westerner.
Surfice it to say, Fenghuang is a large city and what's remaining from the 1700s is not a lot. And most of the buildings are now ...
... to cash in on the city's new popularity by creating a cordon of checkpoints around the old town which supposedly cost a hefty 150 yuan (£15) to enter – though for the cunning this cordon was far from impenetrable and we managed to avoid the budget-wrecking expense through clever use of side streets and detours. We figured that with the streets absolutely heaving with domestic tourists on guided tours, a few students slipping through the cracks wouldn’t make ...
Finally the day came and we were off. We made our way to the coach station (one of many across the city) nearest the railway station to join up with our party. Unsurprisingly, I was off course the only non-Chinese person on the tour but I didn't mind too much, I even dodged the awarding of the dodgy hat (or rather we all did as there weren't any for this trip). Boarding the coach was the usual routine of all hell breaking loose with everyone ...