Xiangxi Travel Guide

Xiangxi Facts

Full Name: Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture
Chinese Name: 湘西土家族苗族自治州(xiāng xī tǔ jiā zú miáo zú zì zhì zhōu)
Population: 2,683,400  
Area: 15,462 square kilometers (5,970 square miles) 
Nationalities: Tujia, Miao, Han 
 
 Location: Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture is located in the northwest of Hunan Province, neighboring Zhangjiajie to the east and Huaihua to the south. It is also bordered by Guizhou Province and the city of Chongqing to the west and Hubei Province to the north.       
 
Administrative Divisions: 7 counties (Luxi, Fenghuang, Huayuan, Baojing, Guzhang, Yongshun, Longshan); 1 county-level city - Jishou  
 
Seat of the Prefecture Government: 58, North Renmin Road, Jishou City 
 
 Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0743-8223683
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
 
 Bank of China Jishou Branch: North Renmin Road, Jishou City 
 China Post Xiangxi Branch: 62, North Renmin Road, Jishou City

Xiangxi Attractions - Things to Do

 Feng Huang Cheng (Phoenix Town), also called Tuojiang Town, is the county seat of Fenghuang County. About 28 kilometers (17 miles) west of Fenghuang Cheng in the Old City of Huangsiqiao is the most perfectly preserved stone castle, first built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
 
 Site of Laosicheng Tusi Domain is a well-preserved site of the Tusi system in southwest China.  It has a history of more than 1,100 years. The ancient memorial halls, time-honored archways, ancestral halls, and tombs of chieftains are all priceless treasures of the Tusi culture.
 
 Furong Zhen (Hibiscus Town) is an old town where the Tujia ethnic minority lives in a compact community. The bluestone pavement and resident houses on stilts are still well preserved. Not far from the town, there is the Mengdong River. It is an exciting resort especially suitable for rafting. In the Hanigong to Hou'ertiao section, the whole course takes five hours. After arriving the Hou'ertiao, visitors can continue to yacht to Furong Town.

How to Get to/around Xiangxi/Jishou

1. Visitors can fly to Zhangjiajie and go to the Mengdong River from Zhangjiajie by train. Then change trains at Mengdonghe Railway station to the capital city of Xiangxi, Jishou in an hour.
 
2. There is no airport in Xiangxi. Zhangjiajie Lotus (Hehua) Airport is the nearest transfer station to get in and out of the Prefecture. Visitors can choose Jishou Railway Station and Huaihua Railway Station as transfer stations too. There are trains from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to Jishou and Huaihua.
 
3. Jishou Long-distance Bus Station on Wuling Road is not far from the railway station, where buses to Fenghuang County, Zhangjiajie and Huaihua can be easily found.

4. There are Jishou - Zhangjiajie Train and Jishou - Nanning Train available for passengers to reach Xiangxi / Jishou.

Weather

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Xiangxi bears a subtropical humid monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 15.8-16.9 C  (60.4-62.4 F). The weather is moderate all the year round, and bursts of precipitation become much more common in spring and summer.   
 
 When to Go: Spring and autumn are the best periods to travel there.

Xiangxi Travel Tips

 History: The history of  Xiangxi can be traced back to the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), when it was dominated by the Chu State. In the following thousands of years, its administrative system has changed many times. It wasn't until 1952 that Xiangxi Miao Autonomous Region was established and changed to Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture five years later.       
 
 Physical Features: Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture lies in the convergent area on the northeast fringe of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and Mountainous Region in western Hubei. Its terrain slopes downward from the northwest to the southeast. The Wuling Mountains zigzag through the Prefecture. There are well developed karst landforms distributed in the southwest and rivers crisscrossing among the hills in the western and eastern regions of the prefecture.              
 
 Special Local Products: silver ornaments and brocade articles of the Miao, printed and dyed cotton fabric, kudzu vine root tea, pomelo, Chinese gooseberry of Fenghuang County, boletus mushroom of Jishou City
 
 Local Highlights: Tujia and Miao ethnic minorities make up nearly eighty-five percent of the prefecture's total population. The Miao people living in Jishou City still maintain their traditional folkways. Apart from the festivals common to the Han, they celebrate their own festivals and song fests. For example, young boys and girls will sing responsively to each other in the open air on the third day of the third lunar month. Furthermore, there are also some rituals held at set times to pray for blessings or make sacrifices to ancestors.
 
Going to a fair is called Gan Chang by locals. One may not really visit Xiangxi if one does not go to the local fairs in Miao towns. In the fairs, visitors can see the most distinctive aboriginal people of local ethnic minorities. Laershan, Heku and Shanjiang of Fenghuang County are well known Miao fairs there. Peddlers from other counties as well as Guizhou and Sichuan will come to these towns to sell or exchange goods. For visitors, they are a shopping paradise to buy their favorite folk handicrafts of good quality and at very reasonable prices.

- Last modified on Nov. 13, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xiangxi Travel
Asked by Gac | Jan. 03, 2018 08:46Reply
We are planning to visit zhangjiajie, tianmen shan and fenghuang.
How big & nice are the waterfall in mid jan/mid feb? Is it a must visit? Can anybody suggest where to visit in hunan in term of beautiful scenery during Jan & Feb?
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Answered by Joe from ITALY | Jan. 03, 2018 21:28
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The waterfall is still running but seems less powerful than in summer.
I think both Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang are must to travel in the province. Besides, Mount Hengshan is also a good place for visitors.
Answered by Gac | Jan. 04, 2018 00:50
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Joe,

Sorry i forgot to mention that we will visit Hengshan too . Well, where else in Hunan will u suggest me to visit?

Thank you.
Answered by Joe from ITALY | Jan. 04, 2018 19:34
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I heard Yueyang Tower is very famous, and you may travel there. Besides, Dongting Lake is also recommended.
Asked by Jolan from CANADA | Sep. 28, 2017 23:51Reply
Do I need a guide in Furong Town?
I cannot find any information about it? Where will the bus stop if I come from Zhangjiajie? How big is the waterfall in mid-October?
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Answered by Cecilia from FRANCE | Sep. 29, 2017 22:55
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Well, I don’t think you need a guide there, since it’s a small town, and you can find the places inside easily.
As I know, the bus from Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station directly goes to the Furong Town, and it stops which is about 2km north to the scenic area.
And don’t worry, the waterfall is still amazing in mid Oct.
Asked by DHPN1 | Apr. 03, 2017 06:08Reply
Zhangjiajie to Furong Zhen, and Furong Zhen to Fenghuang by bus?
Hi, I want to visit Furong Zhen (Hibiscus Town) and Fenghuang.
I want to visit Tianmenshan National Forest Park in the morning and later go from Zhangjiajie to Furong Zhen by bus, and other day take a bus from Furong Zhen to Fenghuang. I want to know the timetables of the buses.
Thanks
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Answered by Oscar from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 07, 2017 03:14
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From Zhangjiajie to Furong Zhen: You can take the direct coach at the Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to Furongzhen, which usually costs CNY25/person. The bus operates during 07:00 to 17:00 with the frequency of around 1h. The central station is near no.1, Guanli Road.
From Furong Zhen to Fenghuang: As I know, there is no direct coach from Furongzhen to Fenghuang. So you are advised to take bus to Jishou first, and then transfer another bus to Fenghuang. The bus usually runs every 15-20 minutes. The fare of the entire trip would be around CNY35.
Answered by DHPN1 | Apr. 10, 2017 10:54
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Oscar thank you so much.
I want to know the timetables for the buses from Furongzhen to Jishou, and from Jishou to Fenghuang.
In Jishou, the transfer to take the bus to Fenghuang, is in the same station or I must to to change to another station?
Thanks
Answered by Oscar | Apr. 10, 2017 19:52
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It’s a pity that I can find the latest timetable. Therefore, I will list an old one for reference.
From Furongzhen to Jishou: It may operate during 08:00 to 17:30 and the whole trip will take around 2 hours. The bus usually runs every 15-20 minutes.
From Jishou to Fenghuang: The operating time is from 06:30 to 18:30 with the interval of 30 minutes. The entire trip will take about 1.5 hours.
You can take them at the same station.
Asked by james from ENGLAND | Aug. 16, 2015 04:08Reply
jishou to youyang, chongqing
I am asking confirmation for the below answer. I am hoping to get to youyang, chongqing from jishou. The below answer speaks of the north bus station, whilewikivoyage refers to the east busstation for destinations north and west. I hope someone is able to let me know to which busstation to go. Would also be great if someone knows the schedule. Thank you!
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Answered by Sami from PHILIPPINES | Aug. 17, 2015 20:15
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As I rechecked, In the North Bus Station, there are buses goting to Youyang, you can go to the bus station to check it for sure. The bus station is near Jishou railway Station.
Asked by JEAG | Mar. 02, 2015 16:33Reply
Jishou to Youyang or Qianjiang bus
Does anyone know whether there are buses from Jishou to youyang and-or Qianjiang and what the schedle is? Thanks.
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Answered by Kelly from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 04, 2015 00:49
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Yes, buses to Youjiang and Qianjiang are both available from Jizhou. You can take it at the North Bus Station near Jishou Train Station. I just know many buses are in operation, but am not clear about the schedule.
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