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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Two Days Beijing-Chengde Tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJCDE02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD169 per person
Special Features:

Roundtrip by train; Visit Chengde Mountain Resort the culmination of Chinese gardens and palaces; Explore some of the Eight Outer Temples.

Tour Itinerary
Chengde Summer Resort,ChengdeDay 1 Beijing/Chengde (L)

Meet up your guide in hotel lobby in the morning and transfer to railway station for 4-hour train to Chengde. You will arrive at Chengde at noon and be met and transferred to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon you will visit Summer Resort.

Chengde Summer Resort (Mountain Resort) is located in urban district of Chengde City, Hebei Province, 180km away from Beijing. The Resort was firstly built in 1703 and it took 89 years to complete the whole construction. 72 famous scenic spots named by Kangxi Emperor and Qianlong Emperor scatter in this royal garden. Covering an area of 5.6 km2, it is a great complex of palaces and gardens and in 1994, the Summer Resort was listed as World Heritage Site.

Day 2 Chengde/Beijing (B/L)

Little Potala Palace,ChengdeTake morning trip to Universal Peace Temple and the Little Potala Palace. After lunch, drive to railway station for return train back to Beijing and on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Universal Peace Temple (Big Buddha Temple), known as Puning Temple in Chinese, is one of the “Eight Outer Temples” of Chengde. It was built in 1775 and is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in North China. The Bodhisattva statue in the temple is the largest wooden sculpture in the world according to the Guinness World Record.

Little Potala Palace (Putuo Zongcheng Temple) was built in 1771 for Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty to remember his own 60th Birthday and his mother’s 80th Birthday. The Palace is the largest in scale among all eight outer temples in Chengde and the huge building was modeled after Potala Palace in Lhasa of Tibet.
Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD372USD363USD358--
2-3 personsUSD246USD241USD231USD35/28/18
4-5 personsUSD208USD204USD194USD35/28/18
6-9 personsUSD183USD179USD169USD35/28/18
HotelsYunshan HotelShenghua HotelWenguan Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD437USD423USD414--
2-3 personsUSD312USD296USD289USD84/69/60
4-5 personsUSD274USD260USD251USD84/69/60
6-9 personsUSD249USD234USD226USD84/69/60
HotelsYunshan HotelShenghua HotelWenguan Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Chengde and roundtrip transfer from railway/hotel in Beijing
2. One night accommodation in Chengde as specified in the itinerary with private
Facilities
3. Chinese meals as listed B=Breakfast L=Lunch
4. Entrance fees as listed
5. English Speaking tour guide
6. Beijing to Chengde and Chengde to Beijing train (soft seat)

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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