Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture is the only autonomous prefecture in Hunan. It is also the cradle of Wuling culture. There are famous tourist attractions such as Nanhuashan Shenfeng Cultural Scenic Spot, Fenghuang Ancient Town, Rafting along Mengdong River and Qianzhou Ancient Town.
Of all the attractions in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Fenghuang Ancient Town is the most famous and was selected as one of the ten cultural heritages in Hunan. Louis Eli, a New Zealand writer, praised Fenghuang Town as the most beautiful town in China. Fenghuang Ancient Town rivals Lijiang Ancient Town in Yunnan and Pingyao Ancient Town in Shanxi in beauty. People usually say “In North China there is Pingyao and in the south there is Fenghuang”.