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.


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2 days Beijing-Datong-Beijing Tour by road
  • Tour Code: BJDT01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD356 per person
Special Features:

Visit Yungang Grottoes - one of the three famed Buddhist sculptural sites; Adventure in Hanging Monastery on a sheer precipice; View the tallest ancient wooden structure in China - Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County.

Tour Itinerary

Nine Dragon Wall,DatongDay 1 Beijing/Datong (L)

You are met at 8 am at your city center hotel and transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to Datong. Arrive at Datong at noon and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch. This afternoon we visit the Yungang Grottoes and Nine Dragon Wall. Stay one night in Datong.

Yungang Grottoes, located 16 km west of Datong, are masterpieces of Chinese Buddhist cave art. Being regarded as one of the three famed Buddhist sculptural sites of China, this area has totally 53 caves and over 51,000 statues of various sizes and shapes. It extends one kilometer from west to east.

Nine Dragon Wall, also known as Nine Dragon Screen, is a glazed screen wall with reliefs of nine dragons. In ancient times, such walls were placed at the gate for Chinese fengshui reason and to avoid passers-by peeping into the yard. The nine dragons are in different colors and have great artistic value. The wall is one of the three walls of its type in China. The other two are in Beihai Park and Forbidden City.

Wooden Pagoda,DatongDay 2 Datong/Beijing (B/L)

Depart early this morning to see the Hanging Temple which is one hour’s drive from Datong city and Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County. Drive back to Beijing and drop back at hotel at approximately 10 pm.

The Hanging Temple is at the foot of Hengshan Mountain in Hunyuan County, 65 km from Datong. The temple is an architectural wonder as it’s actually standing on a sheer precipice 70 meters above the ground. In the temple, the statues of Sakyamuni, Confucius and Laotzu are worshipped together. It’s very unique in China that the Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian elements are combined in one temple.

Initially constructed in middle 11th century, the Wooden Pagoda is the oldest and tallest extant wooden building in China. It was built completely without any nails or rivets at all. It shows very high level of craftsmanship in ancient China.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1124USD1124USD1325--
2-3 personsUSD542USD542USD533USD37/37/27
4-5 personsUSD498USD498USD490USD37/37/27
6-9 personsUSD363USD363USD356USD37/37/27
Datong Hotel Yungang International Hotel Yungang International Hotel Hongqi Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1133USD11331124USD1021--
2-3 personsUSD577USD577USD578USD46/46/36
4-5 personsUSD533USD533USD524USD46/46/36
6-9 personsUSD400USD400USD391USD46/46/36
Datong Hotel Yungang International Hotel Yungang International Hotel Hongqi Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.
*Price is unvalid during public holidays, Yungang Tourism Festival and Pingyao Photography Festival.

Price includes:
1. All private transfer with Air-conditioned car, van or coach for your own use
2. Entrance Fees as listed
3. English Speaking tour guide
4. Meals as listed
5. One-night two sharing stay at our designated hotel.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to the tour guide and driver

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