After our visit to Red Rocks Forest, Zhangjiajie, China, our driver proceed to drive us to Phoenix Ancient town also know as ‘Fenghuang’. It took about 3 to 4 hours to reach Phoenix Ancient Town and the hotel which we booked online do not has any car park so our driver had to let us off behind of the hotel. It about 10 minutes walk to the hotel and once we check in, we took our dinner at the restaurant in the hotel
It was not expensive to eat in the restaurant as my children and one of my friend didn’t want to go shopping in the nite at the Phoenix Ancient Town. We left the hotel around 8.30 p.m. and our guide arranged for the driver to take us to visit the nite market where there were stalls selling local crafts, and embroidery.
There is an entrance fee charge for entering into this town, it used to be free of charge but the local governments want to charge tourists for visiting this town so the monies can be used for upgrading this town.
‘Fenghuang’ is Chinese for ‘Phoenix’, the mythical bird of good omen and longevity that is consumed by fire to be re-born again from the flames. Phoenix Ancient Town is so called as legend has it that two of these fabulous birds flew over it and found the town so beautiful that they hovered there, reluctant to leave.
There were lot of locals and tourists in this town and it was surrounded by the river. We were shocked to see that lot of night clubs or bars have notices that Japanese are not welcome in their clubs. The shops and the streets are brightly light up and there are bridges for tourists and locals to cross over the the other sides of the river.
We did some shopping and went back to the hotel around 10.30 p.m. as our guide will meet us at 8.30 a.m. the next day. This is quite a different experience as we didn’t expect night shopping in this ancient town and all the shops opened till 11.00 p.m.