D1,Changsha-Fenghuang Ancient Town
08:00-13:00 Meeting from 7:40 to 7:50 AM at the designated place
14:30-17:00 Nine scenic spots in Fenghuang
Stay in Fenghuang
Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient Town 凤凰古镇
Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient Town, famous for its stilt houses, folk culture and ethnic groups, was ever praised as "The most beautiful small town inChina".
Located on the western edge of Hunan Province next to Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, is one of the most beautiful towns inChina.
With a history of 1,300 years, the town features distinct residential buildings, elegant bridges plus several mysterious towers and pagodas. Upon entering the town, the visitor will immediately get a sense of the area's mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. When an early morning mist sets in around the bridges over the water and stilted houses, the area simply becomes a mirror of traditional Chinese paintings.
Visiting a Miao village is a must when traveling in Fenghuang. Visitors will find a large array of silver ornaments, homemade tie-dyes, and unique local snacks there.
The town also has a reputation as the birthplace of Shen Congwen, a nationwide known writer of the “native soil” style of writing, where regional culture and identity plays a greater role than in classical chinese literature.
D2,Aizhai Bridge-Dehang Village
08:30-10:00 Assemble from 8:00AM to 8:20 AM and Start to leave at 8 :30 AM by bus
10:00-12:00 Aizhai Bridge, Dehang
13:00-16:00 Assemble from 12:30 to 12:50 and start to leave at 13:00 by bus
16:00-17:00 Arrive in Furong Town, rest in the hotel
Accommodation Furong Town
Aizhai Bridge 矮寨大桥
The Aizhai Bridge is a suspension bridge on the G65 Baotou—Maoming Expressway near Jishou, Hunan,China. The bridge was built as part of an expressway from southwestChina's Chongqing Municipality to Changsha.
With a main span of 1,146 metres (3,760 ft) and a deck height of 350 meters (1,150 ft), as of 2013, it is the sixth-highest bridge in the world and the world's fifteenth-longest suspension bridge. Of the world's 400 or so highest bridges, none has a main span as long as Aizhai. It is also the world's highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge. The bridge contains 1,888 lights to increase visibility at night.
Construction on the Aizhai Bridge began in October 2007 and was completed by the end of 2011, ahead of schedule. The bridge was temporarily opened to pedestrians during the 2012 Spring Festival and was formally opened to traffic in March 2012.
The bridge was built with the assistance of a $208 million loan from the Asian Development Bank; the loan also funded 64 kilometers of expressway construction and upgrades to 129 kilometers of local roads. The bridge and the associated road construction were projected to reduce the travel time between Jishou and Chadong from 4 hours to less than 1 hour.
In September 2012, the Aizhai Bridge was the site of an international BASE jumping festival that included more than 40 jumpers from 13 countries.
Dehang Village 德夯苗寨
In this scenic spot, one can experience being a guest in a Miao family,where the hosts will display the traditional hospitality rituals of exchanging songs at the gate, offering wines, Miao drum dances, and saying good bye to guests with lanterns.
The lovely Miao hamlet of Dehang is surrounded by a fanciful panorama of lush, terraced fields, waterfalls, and karst peaks. Dehang, meaning "beautiful valley" in the Miao language, is situated 24 kilometers in the suburbs west of Jishou city, capital of Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Xiangxi. In this scenic spot, crystal-clear streams cross in deep valleys, ending in spectacular waterfalls, all to the backdrop of grand mountain ranges dotted with ancient trees and special flowers, where various birds and animals can be found. Among its 12 waterfalls, 10 are over 190 meters high, and one, Liusha, the highest inChina, splashes down 216 meters into the valley.
The Miao nationality lives in this area, Here, they speak the Miao dialect. Miao girls and boys are an amorous bunch, often freely exchanging feelings and love through song. Women like to bear silver wares, and wear collarless blouses embroidered with exquisite flower design . Boys like to wear leg wrappings, and blow on wood leaves as musical instruments. The local people raise silk worms to make their own textiles, and use traditional methods of tea oil extraction, papermaking and rice grinding. One famous local innovation is a special waterwheel outfitted with buckets for irrigation.
Tourists are welcome to learn the arts of oil extraction, paper-making, cloth-weaving, and rice-grinding under the tutelage of the Miao people. In this scenic spot, one can experience being a guest in a Miao family, where the hosts will display the traditional hospitality rituals of exchanging songs at the gate, offering wines, Miao drum dances, and saying good bye to guests with lanterns. With such spectacular scenery and a splendidly amicable local population, coming to Dehang for a tour is just like stepping into a beautiful, fairy-tale world.
09:00-10:30 Furong Town
11:00-12:00 Rest and Lunch
12:00-18:30 Back to Changsha by bus
Furong Town 芙蓉镇
In the Yongshun County, the town boasts a history of 2,000 years and is the site of former Youyang City in Qin and Han Dynasties. It is the door of Mengdong River waterway tour and the south gate of Mengdong River scenic spot. A well-known film entitled "Lotus Flower （Furong） Town" was shot in this town, thus it is also called "Lotus Flower Town".
The scenery in the town has unique bearing. On both sides of a five miles long street paved by black flagstone are shops with trap doors. Tujia Diaojiaolou (Diaojiao Buildings) is set up against the slope. The simple bearing of Tujia people is very charming. Besides, there is Wangcun waterfall which is about 60 meters high and 70 meters wide. Walking behind the hanging screen of the waterfall is like placing oneself in a crystal palace.
Transport: A shuttle bus from Jishou goes to Wangcun Town
Admission (For reference):RMB50yuan/adult
Quotation inclusion: RMB****/P.P
Above hotel with breakfast
Entrance tickets to all places mentioned in the itinerary
Private car or bus transfer to all places mentioned in the itinenary
English speaking guide
Bar, laundry, telephone, internet, tips
Lunch & dinner during the tour.