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Furong, Hunan Province

Furong is an ancient town situated somewhere between Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town).

The ancient town sort of wrap itself around the Youshui River that runs through it with buildings on both sides of the river. The most interesting part of the ancient town is at the spot of the river where the two tier waterfalls begins. This is where you will find shops, small hotels and restaurants, with quite steep and narrow streets.

We arrived at Furong town (from Zhangjiajie) in the late afternoon.

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Furong Town

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No vehicles can access the ancient town. As we were staying inside the ancient town, we have to call our hotel to sent someone to take us into the ancient town and to help us with our luggage.

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Walking across the bridge to get to the ancient town
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The river that flows between the ancient town which eventually drops down a cliff into a two tier waterfall

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After walking about 20 mins, you will reach the spot of the river where the two tier waterfall is.

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Our hotel is the building on the extreme left side of the cliff. From the balcony of our hotel, we were able to have a full view of the waterfall – beautiful

The “bridge” to cross the river to get to the side of the ancient town where our hotel is situated, which is almost right at the end of the narrow and steep street.

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After crossing the river, we have to navigate a very narrow and steep street to get to our hotel.

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The shop next to our hotel - an antique shop
The shop next to our hotel – an antique shop
The building opposite is our hotel
Our hotel right opposite a shop selling souvenir, etc

After a quick dinner at one of the restaurants (I think there are only 2 or 3 restaurants in this ancient town) with really mediocre food and some night photography, we retire for an early night.

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The hotel that we stayed in is own and operated by a chinese doctor from Beijing. He came here about ten years ago, fell in love with the place, bought the building and spent 3 years renovating it into a hotel. It is a 5 storey building constructed almost entirely of wood and furnished with quality materials. There is a big balcony on 2 floors of the hotel where you can sit, have a drink and enjoy the beautiful views and the waterfall.

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The waterfall as viewed from the balcony of our hotel

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We got up really early the next morning to take a walk through the narrow and steep street which leads down to the river. From there we were able to walk along the cliff to the waterfall and cross the river under the waterfall.

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This is the gate tower of Furong Town, which was also the gatehouse of an ancient town in the Han Dynasty. In ancient times, the gatehouse symbolises a town.

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The Gate Tower of Furong Town

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Boats to ferry tourists to the waterfall at Rmb40 per person – something like Niagara Falls in Canada/USA

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Fishing boat

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By walking under the waterfall you will be able to cross to the other side of the river
By walking under the waterfall you will be able to cross to the other side of the river
The view of the waterfall and our hotel from the other side of the river
The view of the waterfall and our hotel from the other side of the river

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Across the river, there is this very old building which looks like some kind of an old house (museum?).

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The “bridge” to cross the river to get back to the other side of town again to get back to our hotel.

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An elderly lady washing clothes in the morning

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A restaurant selling noodle

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Furong town’s only claim to fame was that a chinese television series was shot here a few years ago. However, it is still not on the radar of even the local tourists yet, so during our stay here, we hardly see any other tourists.

We left Furong town about 12pm to proceed to Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town). Along the way, we stopped for a short while to have a look at a typical Miao Village. This is the village where one of the most famous chinese lady singer (who has even performed in Europe, etc) grew up.

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A round house of the Miao Ethnic Minority

All images were shot with the Nikon D810 and the Nikkor 24-120mm f4g lens and processed in Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop.

2 thoughts on “Furong, Hunan Province

  1. Hello there
    I love your Furongzhen photographs.
    Can you possibly let us have the name of the hotel you stayed at in Furongzhen please?
    I think it is Tin Cheun Hotel in Cantonese but I need to know what it is in Mandarin.
    I so much want to stay there.
    I hope you can help. Many thanks.
    Graham

    1. Hi Graham,

      This may surprise you. Although I am chinese, I can’t read or write Mandarin. But if you go to my article on Furong, there is a photo of the hotel and I think the signboard written in Mandarin is the name of the hotel.

      Hope that helps.

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