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 …
... alley outside smelled of poo and to my disgust the raw meat and veg were next to each other in the fridge...) but the fresh fish swimming around in the sink looked OK, so we got one of those. In true Chinese style they netted it and chopped its head ...
Based on the itinerary provided, the first sightsee place was Feng Huang Ancient City (凤凰古镇). Well, I did a bit research on this place. Not so bad from the images searched via google. I love this place as the houses are built along the river which contributed to the beautiful scenary here. The Miao ethnic minority are settled ...
... you can sort of imagine what Chinese life was like before the invention of concrete tower blocks. The traditional way of life seems to have all but disappeared though; the closest we came to seeing it was a few butchers shops and old fashioned chemists. One tradition that still lives on is the production of ginger candy. In fact it is positively thriving! Almost every other shop is making and selling the stuff. Various ...
... Make a new friend and walk the streets. Wake me up before you go go, yes, but first let me sit awhile.
A sense of calm resides here as fellow expats and tourists alike collect by the river dressed in traditional clothing, capturing the perfect angle on their cameras and enjoying the moment. Locals wash their clothes nearby and tasty snacks are only steps away.
This is Phoenix country, and the firebird is one to remember.
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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.
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