Suspended House

Geographic Summary

The suspended houses in Phoenix ancient Town are small and pretty ,just like a young  girl who is standing at the bank of the Tuo River . It is the ancient architecture goups which are full of national flavor. If you visit the phoenix Ancient town , the suspended houses will be high on your llist of “Places to see”. Phoenix ancient Town can be differentiated best by its eccentric suspended houses which are  forever beside the river and didn’t succumb to hundreds and thousands of years of birth, love war, famine, wind air nor fire. 


The suspended houses in Phoenix Ancient town can be traced back to the Tang and Song dynasties. In the Tang dynasty, the suspended house began to appear, albeit a few and until the start of the Yuan dynasty, they were built in groups and on a big scale. For the present , the architecture of the suspended houses in the phoenix Ancient Town is in keeping with the style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

The suspended house is deserved hmage to the poor people, The mmmigrants who travel from other poor villages can not find a place to lay their exhausted head, so they had to manage themselves whn living outside of the town. They built these simple houses along the Tuo jiang river and the moat , which has been built half on the ground and half hanging in the air on the river. 


Times change from generations to generation, the woods which are supporting the suspended houses eventually turns black and the stones which are hidden in the river cover over with lichen. The spirit of this regional nation shines through, like a ballad or a paragraph from the emotive epics. It is recording the history of this place as well as the powerful stories of the common people. If there is no suspended house, the book “Bian Cheng” which was written by Shen congwen would simply be figment of our imaginations. 

Fenghuang Ancient Town in Hunan Province1
Fenghuang Ancient Town in Hunan Province1