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Furong Ancient Town: The Magical Waterfall Village of Hunan, China

A short bus ride away from Zhangjiajie you’ll find a beautiful little village that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a painting.

Welcome to the Furong Ancient Town.

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Furong Ancient Town is more than 2000 years old and home to the Tujia minority people. Located in the Hunan Province between the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie and the Ancient Phoenix Village of Fenghuang, Furong is one of those villages in China that keeps the charm of older times and remains a largely unknown treasure.

Once you get a glimpse of the waterfalls and beautiful mountain scenery you’ll wonder why it’s not more popular!

Check out my video about my trip here:


How to Get to Furong

Furong is a small little village in the Hunan Province. There are no direct trains or flights there, which means it takes a few steps to get to. You will need to first travel to Zhangjiajie or Jishou first, then take a bus.


I came from Zhangjiajie, which I highly recommend doing because you can combine the two for an awesome trip. I took a bus from the Zhangjiajie bus station for 30 RMB. There are a few buses that leave to Furong everyday, but it’s best to check the schedule once you arrive in Zhangjiajie. I got a bus at 9am -10:40am. The bus will drop you off at the Furong bus station, then you take a little van for 15 minutes to the tourist area (2 RMB).

To return to Zhangjiajie, I took a bus from the Furong bus station at 7am the next day.

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Tips for Visiting Furong:

  • Spend the night here if you can! It’s stunning at night and there are lots of hotels nearby the waterfalls.
  • If you’re not traveling with a tour group, make sure you check the bus schedule. There are just a few buses everyday between Zhangjiajie and Furong.
  • If you’d like to include Furong in a tour of the Hunan province, check out my 8 day Hunan Itinerary, including Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang.

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What To See In Furong

It costs 80 RMB for a ticket inside the Furong Scenic Area. The whole village itself is not very large and you can leisurely walk around it in 2-3 hours. There’s a path to follow that takes you past all the scenic spots.

Scenic Views

I started from the left side, which had fantastic views of the waterfall and village from a distance.

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The Waterfalls

This leads you down to the waterfalls, and you can walk behind them!

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Shops and Restaurants with Views

From there you walk around to the right side, which leads you back up the hill and through an alleyway with shops and restaurants. These restaurants have great views overlooking the falls.

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When I stopped for lunch I found a beautiful spot with such friendly people! The ayi  (Chinese aunty) taking my order was so sweet and her kids came over to chat with me. They also wanted to take photos and videos afterwards.

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Night time in Furong

When the evening comes, Furong lights up and becomes an even more amazing sight to see! I really felt like I was transported to Rivendale (the Elven city in Lord of the Rings haha).


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Plan a Trip to Furong

Although a little more out of the way than Zhangjiajie, Furong is a great village to see if you want to visit a more rare and unusual place in the Hunan Province.

If you’d like to include Furong in a tour of the Hunan province, check out my 8 day Hunan Itinerary, including Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang.

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  1. I had been to this town in 2011, the waterfall I saw was much much bigger than it was in 2019, do they build a dam upstream or just because it didn’t rain there ?
    btw: I bought the best hunan Cured bacon (湖南腊肉)from a old lady in the town.:)


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