This is China Series

City of The Phoenix. A great day out in China’s prettiest old town in Yunnan province

Some call it the prettiest town in China. The old quarter, known as Fenghuang Ancient Town, or Phoenix City, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a favorite for tourists. Nestled among the gentle hills of Hunnan on the bank of the Tuojiang River, its old stone houses with traditional upturned Chinese roofs and picturesque bridges, exude an unhurried charm.

RTD takes a leisurely day trip around its cobbled streets and meets the founder of a coffee shop blending Chinese tradition with hipster tastes, one of the few remaining practitioners of Chinese Batik craftsmanship, and a venerable silver wedding jewellery-maker preserving the traditional skills of the Miao people.