Fenghuang, Xiangxi

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Phoenix

The Phoenix Cultural Scenic Spot

The Phoenix cultural scenic spot is the first scenic spot in China to fully experience the phoenix culture, which as a whole features the Chinese Phoenix culture with a history of 8000 years. Original ancient buildings such as pavilions, terraces, palaces, columns, bridges and drums which are full of elements of the Phoenix culture and theme locations are embedded in it.

The Phoenix cultural scenic spot has accurately captured the 18 deities of the god bird. phoenix, with a view to vividly present the profundity, mystery and beauty of the Phoenix culture of our Chinese nation. The scenic spot includes ten-odd theme scenes, such as the phoenix forest and bamboo sea. Youfenglaiyi, Luck Pavilion, Phoenix-attracting Bridge, one hundred birds flying towards the phoenix, Jiujiu heaven steps. Phoenix Pedestal, Phoenix Palace. 18 divine totem columns, Phoenix Memoirist, Liquan Terrace, Wude Gate, Phoenix Fairytale, Animal-releasing Terrace, Wind-riding Plank road and Hundred Birds Park.

According to the prophecy written in the Shan hai ching, the core holy land of the scenic spot, Phoenix Palace is for worshipping the god, the Chinese ancient phoenix is viewing and worshipping by common people. Reappearing "World Peace upon sighting the Phoenix" thematic performance and the Phoenix in a morning worshipping ceremony. And promotes good fortune, harmony, happiness, prosperity and peace.

The overall layout of the scenic spot has been delicately constructed to recreate the ancient construction of the Chu culture. Mr. Huang Yongyu, a great artist, has been in charge of the whole process of and overall direction in the planning, design and construction. He drew the blueprint and inscribed the words personally. The scenic spot is also renowned as the first artistic masterpiece of Mr. Huang in his hometown Fenghuang old city.
Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China
These are only a few of the pictures I took of the area in general. Below are photos of some of the historic artifacts that you can see while here.
Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China Artifacts

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China Artifacts

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China Artifacts

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China Artifacts

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China Artifacts

 

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China Artifacts
Jiujiu Heaven Steps
Jiujiu heaven steps have 99 steps in total. 9 is the largest odd number, which represents the god phoenix lives in the ninth heaven. The structure of the heaven steps is magnificent in order to present the stately atmosphere of being close to the heaven.

The heaven steps are flanked by 18 towering nanmu totem columns which are hard to reach. Many species of one hundred peculiar birds are popular in the Xiangchu civil society. 18 vivid birds with different forms are sculpted and are combined with classic Chinese phoenix totems. The reality and the void on the one hand and the ancient and modern times on the other hand are integrated with each other to implicitly match the number of one hundred birds and represent the auspicious symbol of one hundred birds flying towards the Phoenix.
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Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China
The Phoenix Bird

Fenghuang Xiangxi Hunan China

 

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The Liquin Terrace is the place where the god Phoenix drinks water. According to the records of Zhuangzi * Qiushui, the god Phoenix only lives on the Chinese parasols, only eats nuts and drinks the Liquan water. According to the records of Ruiyingtu, one who often drinks the Liquan water will live longer.

The Liquan water comes from the ancient natural spring in the Nanhua Shan, which has been accumulating drop by drop for many years. The water is cool, clean and sweet. Around the pedestal of the Liquan Terrace, the copper-rimmed characters of the 18 deities of the Phoenix are engraved. You will feel the prosperity in your heart when you touch them.

The Phoenix Fairytale is the phoenix (holy phoenix) wish-making holy land which is also called the Phonix wish-making forest and is very effective. One who has crossed the Wude Gate in Nanhua Shan and been purified by the five morals of the Confucianism, namely Benevolence, Justice, Courtesy, Wisdom, and Trust, would be allowed to enter nto the forest to make wishes.

The forest has five wish-making platforms which are surrounded by dozens of Chinese parasols used for hanging the Phoenix wish-making cards. After you clap your palms, close your eyes and purify your heart, the god Phoenix, together with the sun and moon, would pray for the wishes of the common people.

A single dream-flying terrace is established in the eastern forest, which is the animal-releasing and wish-making terrace. Animal-releasing ranks first in honors. Releasing animals and making wishes on the dream-flying terrace mean freeing your heart to gain compassion. One who is compassionate is bound to achieve happiness.

 

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