One thing that became immediately clear about Fenghuang is that it is a Chinese tourist town. As I walked along the city wall I saw shopkeepers making candy by hand, blowing glass trinkets, and storefronts designed to represent the historical status of the city. There were Chinese everywhere enjoying every aspect of the city and pausing to take photos throughout the picturesque location - the touristy angle aside, it was a very good place to take photos to show family and friends when you returned home - there were lots of interesting backdrops such as waterwheels, a wooden foot bridge, a stone foot bridge (for the more adventurous), and you could dress up in traditional clothing / costumes. I walked back and forth across the river using the stepping stone bridge once and then had lunch at one of the restaurants with a view of the stilt houses and cafes.
For additional Fenghuang photos see FLIKR ALBUM.