Entering the Heart of Fenghuang City
The ancient city of Fenghuang. Located within the Xiangxi Prefecture in the Hunan Province. It is listed as one of UNESCO's cultural preservation sites. I have seen countless of shots from this place and let me tell you, it does not come close to showing you the exciting breath of Fenghuang. Without a doubt, China has transformed into a tourism nation. What you see here is catered strictly for the tourists. How is that possible? If you understand that this is in a very remote part of China and not to mention just how behind times the city is, you will be amazed just how well they have adapted to suit the needs of tourists. There are buskers, mimes, porters, shops, restaurants and bars that tickle the fancy of the westerners as well as the surprising influx of the Koreans.
It was late dusk and little light was available. It had been cloudy the entire week and it was beginning to drizzle. I was setting for this shot and waiting for a boat to pass by and it was just in comfortable time. I was beginning to worry about facing my back towards the crowd for far too long. The chance of getting pick pocketed here is very high and I was losing light every second. Luckily I had a spotter with me, and I came back with everything intact...shot included.
Feng Huang, Hunan, China.
- Jon K. Stoutlager