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Part Three - In Hunan the Heat is On: Ancient Cities and more.

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Part 3 of our Hunan trip included a visit to the Ancient City of Qianyang, as well as Hongjiang, Huaihua, Grape Valley (wine!!), Zhijiang and Phoenix.

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Part Three - In Hunan the Heat is On: Ancient Cities and more.

  1. 1. In Hunan, the Heat is On! Stepping into Serendipity A Talking Travel Destination Presentation Part One: Shanghai Part Two: Natural Wonders Part Three: Ancient Cities and more
  2. 2. Leaving Langshan, we drove 2.5 hours to Hongjiang to visit the Ancient City of Qianyang
  3. 3. Double-click to enter title Double-click to enter text Strolling through the city, taking photos, visiting some shops and learning a bit of history along the way
  4. 4. The Zhongzheng Gate is the western entrance to the ancient City of Qianyang
  5. 5. After lunch we visited the Ancient Commercial City of Hongjiang, known for his history of brothels and opium dens.
  6. 6. An opium den--but the 'mannikan' turned out to be real...so I did the natural thing, and joined him for a puff
  7. 7. Many of the historic buildings feature enactments of the various transactions that would have taken place.
  8. 8. One of the street vendors
  9. 9. Play-Swords provide a great excuse to play Starwars. Here I am with Johnson Lin, our tour guide.
  10. 10. In the evening, we checked into our hotel in Huaihua and then enjoyed an outdoor performance celebrated the history of the area.
  11. 11. The next morning we visited the Grape Valley Scenic Area
  12. 12. We were accorded a VIP greeting by musicians as we got off our coaches to attend the festivities
  13. 13. We were treated to some welcoming talks and dance performances and then mermerized by the magician
  14. 14. ...and the sword swallower
  15. 15. Time to taste the grapes and, oh yes, the wine. It was quite good!
  16. 16. Some of the bottles sold for nearly $100.00 (CAD). I was honoured to be presented with two very nice wines, which were shared with the group over the next two dinners.
  17. 17. A very special lunch of local dishes was served in Zhijiang, as we watched a musical performance.
  18. 18. In the late afternoon, we arrived in the Ancient City of Phoenix and checked into the Phoenix Grand Hotel
  19. 19. Amazing wooden sculptures fill the hotel lobby
  20. 20. A woman from the Tujia ethnic group selling her wares on the street leading to the market in Phoenix.
  21. 21. Johnson Lin, our tour guide, giving us some pointers about buying Chinese alcohol
  22. 22. After dinner we attended the Ethnic Minority Dancing Show, "Phoenix's Timeless Love"
  23. 23. After the performance a few of us walked the 15 minutes to the Ancient City
  24. 24. All the buildings are lit up at night...
  25. 25. Early the next morning, we walked to the ancient city again...
  26. 26. Our 3rd visit to the Ancient City...a Miao woman sets up her food stand
  27. 27. Stretching ginger candy, one of the local specialties
  28. 28. Pounding candy to break it into small pieces--you can try a free sample
  29. 29. along one of the scenic alleys
  30. 30. Signs announce the historical houses
  31. 31. And some scenes around town and from the river cruise
  32. 32. For more insights into Hunan, please see my article "Stepping into Serendipity: In Hunan the Heat is On"
  33. 33. Steve Gillick Travel Writer, Speaker, Photographer Steve@talkingtravel.ca www.gillicksworld.ca

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