So let's figure out if they're really the same.
PhoenixFirst, what is similar about them? Well, the Phoenix is considered immortal as is the Feng Huang, so that's a good similarity!
But wait, the Phoenix lives eternally by going through a process of birth, death through burning in a fire, to rebirth as it emerges anew from the fire with a new body all young again. Sounds good doesn't it. And, it sounds kind of like a "Firebird" (and see the picture of the Phoenix Rising all aflame, definitely looks like a Firebird!)
So the Phoenix seems to be similar to both the other two, although in different aspects.
|Prince Ivan and the Firebird|
FirebirdSo now, let's take a look at the Firebird. It's not on fire! What it does have is these amazing tail feathers that glow. In the image they look bright but not as colorful as I've heard tell they can be - yellow, orange, red, the colors of fire.
|Feng Huang, The Chinese Phoenix|
Feng HuangMeanwhile, what about the Feng Huang or Chinese Phoenix. Is that the same as the Phoenix? Indeed they are both immortal, but the Feng Huang just never dies (or at least no-one ever sees it die). It's just the most beautiful bird with the sweetest song that is said to contain the five notes of the Chinese musical scale. Certainly the painting looks like a beautiful bird!
But that's not all. The Feng Huang lives far away from people, only appearing when an emperor is born who will bring an age of peace and prosperity. In fact, the Feng Huang is considered the emperor of all the birds. Together with the dragon, the Feng Huang symbolizes harmony and happy marriage. Very wonderful, and immortal too.