I have learn my lesson; in China I don’t have to wake up at 6.00 a.m., as the morning sun rise around 7.00 a.m. I am ready to go for my morning walk around the riverside and love to see the local scenery where the tourists were still in bed.
Phoenix is in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies. Upon arrival visitor will be impressed by its air of mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. This is a world that is dominated by the color green. The mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuo Jiang River reflects the greenery. The bridges over the water and unique houses built on stilts display a harmony that is so often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings. This is particularly true when mist pervades the scene in the early morning or after rain. It soon becomes apparent that the claim to being one of the two most beautiful towns in the whole of China.
I am lucky this morning as the sun-ray reflected through a tree and shone on the pavement, The multicolor created a halo whenever someone walk through it. I have not seen this scenery in Avatar Mountains but happy to see it here. After about half an hour the mist covered part of the river and slowly the river was totally covered in mist. It was spectacular view and it lasted only for 10 to 15 minutes.
The locals use the river to do their washing, bathing, washing food and vegetables. This morning the local were busy washing clothing, faces, swimming and bathing in this river. Some workers were collecting the rubbish from a boat and others were putting stones on the river to create a walking path across the river. I am impressed by the simplicity life style in this little town.
When I was back in Singapore about 3 days and read from the newspaper report that this town have been covered by flood. the water rose above to the top of the bridges and about 140,000 tourists and locals have to be excavate to a safe place. My heart go to these locals and wonder how long will it take them to rebuilt their homes again.
I will continue my this last part of journey in my next blog as I was too sick to join the tour after this Phoenix Ancient Town.