Halfway between the popular tourist
destinations of Fenghuang County and Zhangjiajie in central China’s
Hunan Province lies a small town that has been standing there for over
2,000 years. This episode of “Ancient Charm of China” invites you to
what people usually call “an ancient town hanging on the waterfall.”
Furong Town is also known as Hibiscus Town. As its nickname suggests, the most impressive sight here is the 40-meter-wide and 60-meter-high waterfall as well as the ancient buildings constructed above the cliff, a scene rarely seen in the cities. Visitors can even hear the soothing waterfall sound from 10 miles away.
The buildings perched on the cliffs are Diaojiaolou,
typical residential houses built by ethnic Tujia people. Soldiers once
lived there in the past to defend the invaders. Nowadays, a mix of
Tujia, Miao and Han people reside here. If time allows, you can stay at
one of those local houses and experience the tranquility that it has to
The town was originally called Wangcun Village. Then it was renamed after a successful Chinese movie Hibiscus Town
in 1997, which was filmed here, starring Chinese renowned actor Jiang
Wen and actress Liu Xiaoqing. The most well-known local delicacy, Rice
Tofu, can also be traced in the film.
There are quite a few attractions you shouldn’t miss. Wuli Slate Street is a 2,500-meter-long winding street paved with green flagstone. Traditional shops and wooden houses are lined on both sides of the street, ready to take you back to the old days.
At the entrance of the waterfull, there is a
rock cave – the relic site of early Tujia people who arrived here to
escape the war. Though the cave is now much eroded by water, visitors
are still amazed by how big the cave was to hold thousands of people
Another hot spot is Xizhou bronze pillars erected on the lower reaches of Mengdong River. The 2,500-kilogram pillars witnessed the agreement of ceasefire between two states of Chu and Xizhou in history. The original pieces corroded long time ago. What people see today is a dupilication, symbolizing peace.
the direct shuttle bus from Zhangjiajie Railway Station, which takes
1.5 hours to the destination. Or take the bus from Fenghuang County. It
makes a wonderful stop for your tour itinerary of Zhangjiajie-Furong
Town-Fenghuang Old Town-Changsha in Hunan Province.