Phoenix Grand Hotel
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Ancient Furong Town was the first stop on today's longish trip to Fenghuang. The guide books say it's Hibiscus town, but Victor says it's Lotus Town - but neither flower was evident on our visit on this rather chilly and damp day!
There was plenty to see as we walked down the ancient streets, from the distinctive roofline of the old …
... the tallest waterfall in China (apparently). Well the trip started and ended kinda bad, Lexi got really bad food poisoning on the train ride there (we took and overnight sleeper train, around 8 hours of travel one way) Sleeping on the train was pretty ****** and once we got to the connecting town to Dehang (Jishou) I was basically on my own trying to figure out how to take a bus from Jishou to Dehang, and buy our return tickets ...
Arrived in the afternoon under cloudy skies Set out up the Yuquanxi valley with a couple of guide dogs that led me the entire 2 hour trip. They were pestering a goat in the pasture as I went by and I guess they thought a trip with me would be more exciting. They were amazing - they would rush off ahead, then stop and look back to make sure I was coming okay, then rush off ahead again. We ...
... music. There's even the cheap buffets to be found. Down one alley I found an all-you-can-eat with 18 dishes on a cart and hoards of people loading up styrofoam containers with food for 10RMB ($1.50). Some were even going back for refills and then filling one last time on the way out and walking away with a container full of takeaway! It's a crazy free-for-all here.
... didn't seem to be making any progress whatsoever but finally we were ushered back on to the bus and headed off again. The traffic was backed up for ages in both directions making it really narrow and difficult for us to squeeze our way through. But we made it! We arrived, got our onward tickets sorted, and even managed to fit in a bite of lunch. When we turned up for our next bus we were surprised to see it was a sleeper bus - I turned to James and said 'well it's not a bad way ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPhoenix Grand Hotel Fenghuang
Knowing Fenghuang's not yet on Westerners' main tourist routes , we weren't expecting a luxury hotel comparable to 5 star ones in the main cities, so we were pleasantly surprised that many of the hotel's facilities came up to a good 4 star standard. We had no complaints about our spacious room with a lovely comfy bed. Like the room, the bathroom was clean and modern with all the amenities you could want. The free internet was a bit slow on our first night, but was fine on the second night & we could Skype o/seas with no problems.
As to be expected, the breakfast buffet was very Chinese, and items for Westerners who do not want to eat Chinese food were limited to fresh melon, hard boiled eggs, a variety of cakes and pastries and tea or coffee. We found all staff friendly and wanting to help, but they have very little English. However, when a cell phone given to us by our tour company needed to be unlocked for international calls, the receptionist was happy to have a 3 way phone conversation & follow unlocking instructions from our tour company rep. in Guilin. Trying to order dinner in the dining room on our second night, was again limited by the lack of their English/our Mandarin but the dishes we ended up with were OK. Trying to put the cost on our room account was also interesting - easier to pay cash!
We did not have any real problems here. Just don't go if you want a hotel that only caters for Westerners.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.