Fenghuang

As far as we are concerned, there’s not much to be said about Fenghuang as our wanderings there were vague and our criticisms much more specific. So, as its charms lie not in the experiences to be had there, but rather in the sight of its stilted houses rising precariously along the river winding through it, we will leave you with a series of pictures rather than words to guide you through our experiences in Fenghuang.

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The street leading out of our hostel and to the river
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Enjoying a breakfast of fried dough sticks

 

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Even in the early morning, the city was busy
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People crossing one of the many bridges stretching across the river, around which the town was centered

 

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People washing their clothes in the river was a common sight, especially in the morning
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Enjoying some rare seclusion in our morning walk along the river
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The city wall sitting above a bustling shopping street
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Peering inside a temple that we came across
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Lanterns strewn across the red walls of a temple
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An eye-catching basket shop
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Stopping off to have our skin nibbled away by fish
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Haggling for a bottle of rice wine

 

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The stilted houses that drew us to the town
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The stilts gave the town a unique trait that distinguished it from other water towns we’ve been to in China
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We never grew tired of the sight of the stilted houses and their elongated reflections in the river
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Making our way further down the river
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Boats, and their pyramid-hatted drivers, were a common sight on the river
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Still water creating a barely blemished reflection
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Many of the stilted houses had been renovated, losing their allure of timelessness, but this cluster thankfully was not
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A worker pausing for a break

 

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At certain times in the day, the river turned an otherworldly green
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Cooling off in the river
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We were surprised to find that these interesting-looking fruits weren’t sweet at all, but rather tasted like a cucumber, making it all the more strange as we drank its insides with a straw
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The city lit up at night
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Dimly lit boats drifting off and out of sight under the bridge
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People moving along the city wall

As an added bonus, here are some great Chinglish/blatant copyright moments from our time in Fenghuang:

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