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 …
Feng huang 1st - 3rd February by Martin Fenghuang is an ancient town about 6 hours south of Zhanjiajie. It's a lovely setting , the gentle river winds its way through tall mountains eventually reaching the town where it is surrounded by ancient buildings and traversed by old bridges (plus several sets of treacherous stepping stones!) If you look past all the coffee shops and tacky souvenir shops (Ben almost bought himself ...
Riverside cafes, ancient settlements and the image of tourists snapping photos by the riverbank. Bright lights fill the sky and the perfect photo opt is not hard to find. The ancient juxtaposed by the modern and it seems difficult to leave. I find friends here, not to mention a memory card full of memories. Leave the tourists for the hills and dance with the locals. Fill up on hearty noodles before a day by the river contemplating life and the moments ...
... Dun Yun had to go back to work, I stayed out and bought a ticket to wander around some more. Usually you have to pay to get into the old city, which includes entrance to the various historical things and also a short boat ride down the river. They push you around like you are in Venice.
I was super tired again so I bought some fried tofu and sweet potato for dinner and went to bed at maybe 8 p.m.
I got dropped off by the bus at a random corner that was not on my map, so I walked up and down one busy street until finally, I found one street that was. And I was way on the other side of the city where I didn't want to be.
I had nothing better to do, so I walked over to see if the hostel had any space. When I finally found the old part of town ...
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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.