Fenghuang (凤凰; Fènghuáng) is a well-preserved town located in western Hunan Province.
 Get in
Compared with other cities in China, Fenghuang is relatively difficult to travel to. Road conditions are poor and traffic--especially on weekends and holidays--can be bad.
 By Plane
Fenghuang does not have an airport, so travelers must fly into either Huaihua or Zhangjiajie and transfer to Fenghuang. However, neither airport offers direct buses. Flights are also frequently canceled during off season. Fenghuang is served by Tongren Fenghuang Airport with two daily flights from Guiyang.
 By Bus
Bus travel is probably the most convenient way to get to Fenghuang. There are direct buses from numerous cities in China, but the four most common direct routes are from Changsha, Jishou, Huaihua, and Zhangjiajie. Be advised that Fenghuang has multiple bus stations and they are not easily traveled between.
 By Train
Fenghuang does not have train station, however it is frequently faster to travel to either Jishou or Huaihua first and then travel by bus to the city center.
 Get around
Fenghuang Old Town is best explored by foot.
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Most of Fenghuang's sites can be visited with a "through ticket" (通票).
The volume of tourists that visit this area is such that this became necessary to help maintain it and keep it clean.
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The Southern Great Wall (南方长城）is located near the city. While it is nearly completely restored it still makes for a strenuous hike with beautiful viewpoints of rice terraces and the surrounding countryside. Minivan drivers are everywhere and will be willing to take you here, but barter with them first (price will depend on number of people, distance traveled, and time spent).
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Fenghuang is famous for Ginger Candy. Throughout the Old Town vendors make and sell bags of candy for around 2 - 4 Yuan.
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At night the streets in Fenghuang's old town are full of street food vendors, serving grilled meats, dumplings, fried potatoes, flat breads and grilled vegetables.
There are many restaurants that specialize in Hot Pot.
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The streets facing the river come alive at night with Karaoke Bars,adorned with neon lights and blasting out music until midnight. Beer typically costs 25 Yuan for a 330ml bottle, or about a tenth of the prices at local shops.
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Inns can be found in the Old Town along Bei Bian Jie, running between the Northern Wall and the river. Larger hotels catering to tour groups can be found in the city center and the roads leading to both bus stations.
 Get out
Most buses leave for Jishou, Huaihua, Changsha, and Zhangjiajie. There are also one to two buses that go directly to Wulingyuan. See "Get In" section for prices and durations.
In addition, the following buses leave directly from Fenghuang: Wuhan (200 RMB), Guangzhou with continuation to Zhuhai and Shenzhen (260 RMB), Chongqing (150 RMB), Guilin, Nanning, and Kunming. Please note that both prices departures are variable.