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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3 Days Beijing-Guilin-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJGL02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1056 per person
Special Features:

Take a cruising on Li River; Ride bicycle to explore the countryside of Yangshuo; Join leisurely local life by riding a bicycle through quaint villages and drifting down the landscaped Yulong River.

Tour Itinerary

Reed Flute Cave,GuilinDay 1 Beijing/Guilin by flight (L)

Morning pick-up and transfer to airport for morning flight to Guilin. After 3 hours’ journey, you are warmly greeted at Guilin airport by our English speaking guide. After lunch, we visit the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Stay one night in Guilin.

Reed Flute Cave, known as The Palace of Natural Arts, is an inconceivable fairyland of karst caves with sights and rural scenery. The enchanted forest of weird-shaped stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations is illuminated by multicolored artificial lightning, making the cave a spectacular world. Each formation is given a name to describe its shape, like Mushroom Hill and Pines in the Snow.

Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin. It’s so named because its shape is like an elephant sipping water from the river. Between the elephant trunk and legs, we can find a round opening. Local people call it Water-Moon Cave.

Big Banyan Tree,GuilinDay 2 Guilin/Yangshuo (B/L)

In the morning you will be taken to the Zhujiang Pier for a cruising on Li River - the highlight of Guilin tour. With lunch aboard, you can enjoy the grand hills, verdant fields and farms with sheep and cows wandering around on each side of the bank.

Arrive at Yangshuo at around 2 pm. Stroll in the old town of Yangshuo which is famous for its gorgeous nature views of mountains and rivers, explore West Street. Then drive to Fuli Town where traditional hand-painted paper fans and scrolls are made in the old riverside workshops. Climb Moon Hill for fantastic views and see the 1,400-year-old and 55 ft high Big Banyan Tree. Spend the night in Yangshuo.

Day 3 Yangshuo/Guilin/Beijing (B/L)

We enjoy a gentle bicycle ride through quaint villages along the lovely Yulong River, a tributary of Li River. Then enjoy a leisurely drifting through poetic landscapes on a bamboo raft.

Take afternoon or evening flight back to Beijing. Transfer to hotel.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1854USD1590USD1573--
2-3 personsUSD1320USD1188USD1177USD204/75/66
4-5 personsUSD1271USD1139USD1128USD204/75/66
6-9 personsUSD1197USD1067USD1056USD204/75/66
Guilin Hotel5*Lijiang Waterfall Hotel4* Guilin Park Hotel 3* Guilin Universal Hotel 
Yangshuo Hotel5* Yangshuo Resort4* Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel3* Yangshuo Regency Holiday Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1978USD1639USD1609--
2-3 personsUSD1386USD1216USD1199USD270/99/83
4-5 personsUSD1334USD1164USD1144USD270/99/83
6-9 personsUSD1260USD1089USD1076USD270/99/83
Guilin Hotel5*Lijiang Waterfall Hotel4* Guilin Park Hotel 3* Guilin Universal Hotel 
Yangshuo Hotel5* Yangshuo Resort4* Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel3* Yangshuo Regency Holiday 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 in China, including internal flights from Beijing to Guilin, Guilin 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 Guilin and Yangshuo
5. Hotel and Airport transfers in Beijing with guide.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
7. 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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