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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2 Days Beijing-Tianjin Tour
  • Tour Code: BJTJ03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD180 per person
Special Features:

See Century Clock, a landmark of Tianjin; Walk along Binjiang Dao Walking Street and Heping Road, enjoying the local culture and delicious snacks; Visit Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street - the highlight of this trip.

Tour Itinerary

Drum Tower,TianjinDay 1 Beijing/Tianjin (L)

You are met at your hotel and transferred to the railway station for the train to Tianjin. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to our carefully selected hotel by a private air-conditioned car.

Our first stop is the Century Clock, a landmark of Tianjin. It’s 48 meters high and the gross weight is almost over one hundred tons. The whole structure isdecorated with relief carving of Chinese zodiac in bronze. Then you could take a stroll on the Binjiang Dao Walking Street and Heping Road. The streets are lined with hundreds of specialty stores, vendors, and discount shops for your choice. After that, you will head to Nanshi Food Street, with an area of 40,000 square meters, containing international and characteristic domestic eateries represented here. Transfer back to our well-picked hotel for a night.

Drum Tower, TianjinDay 2 Tianjin/Beijing (B/L)

This morning, first visit Drum Tower and Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street. In ancient times, The Drum Tower was o¬ne of the “Tianjin Three Treasures.” Compared to normal Drum Towers, it’s a Bell Tower in fact. The whole tower is 27 meters high and surrounded by business streets. With carved beams, colored paints and black bricks, it’s designed with Ming and Qing Dynasty features. In the ancient culture street, you will see the real folk art pieces and special architectural styles. At the mean time, you can taste delicious local snacks and have a pleasant shopping! After your exciting trip, you will be drive to the train station for Beijing. Get back to your hotel on your own.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD605USD535USD483----
2-3 personsUSD335USD299USD274USD90/54/29
4-5 personsUSD249USD214USD189USD90/54/29
6-9 personsUSD216USD180USD153USD90/54/29
Hotels5* Hotel  Nikko Tianjin4*Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside3*Ocean hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD605USD535USD483----
2-3 personsUSD335USD299USD483USD90/54/29
4-5 personsUSD249USD214USD189USD90/54/29
6-9 personsUSD216USD180USD153USD90/54/29
Hotels5* Hotel  Nikko Tianjin 4*Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside3*Ocean hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Tianjin and pick up car transfer from hotel to railway station.
2. One night accommodation with breakfast.
3. Beijing - Tianjin - Beijing bullet train.
3. Entrance fees and lunch as mentioned.
4. Local English speaking guide in Tianjin.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver
2. Other personal expenses.

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