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Back to China from Kraków.
I have a lot of pictures of interiors of the temples but only few of the pictures of the places where people used to live. When strolling around Fenghuang I noticed the entrance to the kind of old wooden mansion. I do not know what is it. I do not remember if anything was written but if, then it was anyway in Chinese.

Fenghuang - Phoenix Ancient Town is a wonderful example of what villages were like prior to the onset of modernization. Here dozens of alleys paved with flagstones run between the houses, each showing wear caused by the feet of generations of local people who have used them when going about their daily business.

Stretching diagonally from the northwest to southeast of the town, Tuo Jiang River is a life force of the local people. Here in its waters women wash their clothes and the men fish with their nets, while on the bank food is prepared in much the same way as it has for centuries. The river also provides a means for boatmen to support their families by ferrying visitors up and down stream for sightseeing.
The claim to being one of the two most beautiful towns in the whole of China is more than justified; the other town is Chang Ting in Fujian Province.
I haven't seen the other town but I liked Fenghuang very much. It was my main reason to go to China again and although it is rather touristy I was not disappointed.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10134 W: 144 N: 25354] (123461)
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