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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 …
... are just long canoes. This was the first tour that we have taken that I feel like I really did not learn anything. We went to a bunch of random houses and looked at old artifacts, but it was so unorganized that I could not really follow the point of everything.
Next, back to the hotel for lunch. Today is Wendy's birthday. Sam, our guide, got her a cake. It was delicious. ...
After we all came down for great heights, today saw us hit the road for the 4 hour road trip to Fenghuang City. Although we were miles away from the well known Great Wall in the north which protected China from invaders, we did venture to a small section of the South Great Wall, also meant to keep invaders out of this area of the country.
We worked our way into the ancient city ...
... years old. I really hate coming down the steps. I made it farther than yesterday, but I know my limits. Those rock steps are no joke, plus it was 103 Degrees today.
After dinner we ventured out into the Old City of Fenghuang. It is about a 20 minute walk from our hotel. There were street performances and group dancing. In China, women love to group line dance. They all know all the steps no matter the ...
... some locating as it started on the 5th floor. We had a very successful Chinese dinner of four types of vegetarian dumplings, which we dipped into soy and chilli sauce. We actually couldn't finish them as we'd ordered around 48 dumplings, not knowing how many we'd get per 'portion'! After dinner we had a fruitful supermarket shop before heading back to the hotel. Stayed at Changsha Tongxiang Hotel, Changsha [T&J Rating: ...
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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.
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