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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3 days Beijing-Chengdu-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJCD02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD974 per person
Special Features:

Relax in traditional Tea House and Wangjianglou Park; Visit Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre; Exploring old town and Kuanzhai Lane; Taking cooking lesson in Sichuan Cuisine Museum.

Tour Itinerary

 Chengdu Panad Base, ChengduDay 1 Beijing/Chengdu by flight (L)

Your English-speaking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to airport for morning flight to Chengdu. On arrival, your Chengdu guide will greet you in the airport and drive to your hotel for 2 nights stay. In the afternoon, you will visit Wangjinglou Park and relax in a traditional Tea House. Situated in the south bank of Jinjiang River, the Park was built to memorize a famous lady poet Xue Tao of Tang Dynasty. The 39-meter-high Wangjiang Tower is the highest building in the park and the Bamboo garden inside the park is the must-see.

Day 2 Chengdu (B/L/D)

Your guide will meet you at 9am in the hotel lobby and head for Chengdu Panda Base, located 10km away from downtown Chengdu, it is the research and breeding facility for giant Pandas and other rare animals. The driving distance from Chengdu downtown is 30 minutes. You will spend 2 hours there before coming back to Old town of Chengdu and to visit Kuanzhai Lanes. Firstly built in 1718 of early Qing Dynasty, the area is composed of Kuan Lane, Zhai Lane and Jing Lane and 45 Qing-style courtyard buildings. In the evening you will enjoy performance of Changing Mask and aftrwards try Sichuan delicacy of Hot Pot dinner.

Du Fu Thatched House,ChengduDay 3 Chengdu/Beijing (B/L)

In the morning you are met and driven for a visit to Du Fu’s Thatched House where used to the temporary residence of one of the greatest poet Du Fu (712AD-770AD) in Tang Dynasty. It has now been transformed into a museum. You will spend 1.5 hours there to learn the life story of Du Fu. Transfer 1.5 hours to see Sichuan Cuisine Museum and followed by a cooking class of learning how to prepare and to cook Gongbao Chicken, the No. 1 Sichuanese dish known to the western world. The museum occupied an area of 40 hectares and it is the only museum in the world focusing on the exhibition of cooking and cuisine cultures. Transfer back to Chengdu for departur flight to Beijing. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1529USD1496USD1452--
2-3 personsUSD1117USD1098USD1078USD99/84/64
4-5 personsUSD1056USD1040USD1019USD99/84/64
6-9 personsUSD1012USD996USD974USD99/84/64
Hotels5* Tianyi International Hotel4* Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel3* Sichuan Civil Aviation Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1663USD1515USD1462--
2-3 personsUSD1182USD1107USD1081USD168/93/66
4-5 personsUSD1122USD1049USD1023USD168/93/66
6-9 personsUSD1080USD1007USD979USD168/93/66
Hotels5* Tianyi International Hotel4* Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel3* Sichuan Civil Aviation Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All internal transportations and transfers as mentioned above, including internal flights from Beijing to Chengdu, Chengdu to Beijing.
2. 2 nights accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Chengdu.
5. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
6. All airport taxes.

Price excludes:
1. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
2. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
3. Other personal expenses.

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