Fahai Temple and Tian Yi MU Fahai Temple was completed in 1443, and what sets Fahai Temple apart from other Buddhist temples are the 500-year-old frescoes, all 236sqm of them. When the temple was constructed, every hall had frescos; now, only those in Mahariva Hall (the main hall) survive. While Fahai Temple is not the only Chinese temple with frescoes, it has some of the most intricate and well-preserved frescoes in the country. Its colors have not faded away, even after over 500 years. Although created during the Ming dynasty, the frescoes were influenced by styles of the Song, Tang, and Ming dynasties. They are also exquisite examples of Ming-era perspective and brush technique. Without the jostling crowds found at Lama Temple or the Forbidden City, Fahai Temple is a serene retreat ideal for an early autumn day. Be sure to bring snacks and water (or better yet, a meal), since there are no vendors around. The little pagodas are the perfect locale for a picnic, too. Tian Yi Mu is about a 10-minute walk from Fahai Temple. Just head down the mountain road, take the first right at Moshikou Dajie, and walk about 300m. Tian Yi Mu can be tough to spot, so look for the gray archway on the right and head up the ramp that leads to the arch. Tian Yi, the favorite eunuch of the Emperor Wan Li, was buried here. Though it is known as Tian Yi?? tomb and memorial, there are four other eunuchs buried in the cemetery. Eunuchs have a long history in China. China?? last eunuch, Sun Yaoting, died in 1996. Back in the sixteenth century, Tian Yi himself was the directorate of ceremonies, the highest administrative office, and was the favorite eunuch of Ming dynasty Emperor Wanli. Tian Yi, Wanli?? mentor and confidant, served three emperors over 63 years. When Tian Yi died in 1605, Emperor Wanli had the tomb built to commemorate his much-loved eunuch. Though built on a smaller scale, its structure emulates that of Ming emperor tombs. One highlight is that visitors can actually go down into one of the tombs. When you head into the garden cemetery, you??l see a sliding metal door that leads into the ground. Slide it back, walk down the steps, and turn on the light. Down the steps, it is cold, wet, and dark, and the area remains unsupervised. This scene is not for everyone, but it is an adventure for some. Though both Fahai Temple and Tian Yi Mu are unconventional tourist sites, they are well worth a day trip.

Hi Laura,
Just a quick email to say that I had a lovely day been taken around the city, although touring alone it was a pleasure to immerse myself in some of the culture not to mention trying the yummy food! We visited Yu Garden which had such a variety of gift souvenir shops though I settled on a silk scarf for my wife. Later we toured the Bund and went up a Sky Scrapper to look over the city. The food was a rare treat, and I even ate Ducks Tongue! The guide David and the driver both were very pleasant people and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you for organising this for me in such short notice.

David

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Jinshanling and Chengde Weekend Tour
  • Tour Code: BJCDE03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD201 per person
Special Features:

Roundtrip by air-conditioned car; Explore the Jinshanling Great Wall without restoration; Visit Chengde Mountain Resort - the culmination of Chinese gardens and palaces; Bathe your soul in the representatives of the Eight Outer Temples.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Jinshanling/Chengde (L)

Jinshanling Great WallDepart early from your hotel and head for Chengde, home to the Summer Resort. En route we stop at the Jinshanling Great Wall for 2 hours walk. Stay the night in Chengde.

Jinshanling Great Wall, about 130 km from downtown Beijing, features complicated structures and fortifications. On this 20 km section, there are totally 100 enemy towers, each with its unique features. Fewer visitors are coming here because of the far distance, so it is a wonderful place to explore the Great Wall without the crowds. The fantastic natural scenery here attracts lots of outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers from both home and abroad.

Day 2 Chengde/Beijing (B/L)

Take morning trip to the Summer Resort, Universal Peace Temple and the Little Potala Palace. After today’s tour, drive back to Beijing and transfer to your hotel.

Universal Peace Temple, ChengdeChengde Summer Resort (Mountain Resort) is one of China’s Best Four Gardens, along with the Summer Palace in Beijing, and the Humble Administrator’s Garden and Lingering Garden in Suzhou. This vast complex of palaces and landscapes represents the highest level of Chinese gardens. The resort consists of two sections: the palace area and scenic area.

Universal Peace Temple (Big Buddha Temple), known as Puning Temple in Chinese, is one of the “Eight Outer Temples” of Chengde. This Tibetan Buddhist Temple was built in the Qing Dynasty by the government to show respect to the culture of ethnic groups. The Bodhisattva statue in the temple is the largest wooden sculpture in the country, that’s why the temple is nicknamed Big Buddha Temple.

Little Potala Palace (Putuo Zongcheng Temple) was modeled after the Potala Palace in Tibet, hence its name. In the Qing Dynasty, it served not only as a Buddhist temple, but also a location for the emperor to meet ethnic envoys.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD686USD673USD652--
2-3 personsUSD365USD359USD345USD35/28/18
4-5 personsUSD255USD247USD237USD35/28/18
6-9 personsUSD217USD212USD201USD35/28/18
Hotels Yunshan Hotel Shenghua Hotel Wenguan Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD797USD768USD753--
2-3 personsUSD414USD409USD405USD84/68/59
4-5 personsUSD302USD299USD295USD84/68/59
6-9 personsUSD267USD263USD259USD84/68/59
Hotels Yunshan Hotel Shenghua Hotel Wenguan Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Air conditioned vehicle from Beijing - Chengde - Beijing and private car in Chengde
2. Chinese meals as listed
3. Entrance fees as listed
4. English Speaking tour guide
5. One night two sharing stay at our designated in Chengde with breakfast, If you want to share one room, please pay single supplement.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver.
2. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
3. Other personal expenses.

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