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-Harbin by flight
  • Tour Code: BJHB01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: only in winter (from 20th December to early March in the next year)
  • Price: from USD789 per person
Special Features:

Visit the most north-easterly part of China and borders Russia. Visit one of the world's four largest international ice festivals.

Tour Itinerary

Harbin Sun Island Scenic Area,HarbinDay 01 Beijing/Harbin (L+D)

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Beijing to Harbin. On arrival, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After lunch you will be taken on a short sightseeing tour of the city and you will visit Harbin Sun Island Scenic Area and the International Snow sculpture Art Expo. After dinner, visit the largest ice and snow exhibition the Ice and Snow World.

Day 02 Harbin (B+L)

Full day tour to the Central Street which is lined with European architecture, the largest Eastern Orthodox church in Far East - the St. Sophia Orthodox Church. Enjoy ice activities on the Songhua River (at your own cost) and watch winter swimming of local people. This evening take a stroll in Zhaolin Park for the Ice Lantern Gala.

Day 03 Harbin/Beijing (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Harbin back to Beijing. You will be met and transferred back to your city centre hotel.

St. Sophia Orthodox Church,HarbinHarbin is the capital city of the Heilongjiang Province which is the most north-easterly part of China and borders Russia. During the long cold winter months the temperature can drop down to as low as -22°F (-30°C). Snow carvings, ice lanterns, fireworks display and snow recreations make Harbin one of China's most popular winter destinations. Harbin International Ice Festival is one of world's four largest international ice festivals, along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival. It starts annually on January 5 and lasts usually to the end of February, weather permitting. During this period, people throughout the world take part in the various artist, cultural, athletic and tourist events. The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival starts on 5th Jan every year. You may see Snow Sculpture Expo, Ice Lantern Garden Party, the skiing contest, football match on the snow covered land, figure skating competition, tauto rally on ice, theatrical performances and economic and trade talks during the festival.

Notes:

1. Please wear comfortable and very warm clothes.

2. This tour is available from 20th Dec 2012 to Early March 2013. 

Prices
Dec. 20 - Mar. 10DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1516USD1456USD1378--
2-3 personsUSD1051USD1021USD982USD148/118/79
4-5 personsUSD923USD894USD853USD148/118/79
6-9 personsUSD858USD828USD789USD148/118/79
Hotels Gloria Hotel Phoenix HotelGuo Ge Li Hotel  

 *Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.


Price includes:
1. Internal flights from Beijing to Harbin and Harbin to Beijing (economic class).
2. All domestic airport taxes
3.2 nights' accommodation (on sharing twin basis) with daily breakfast in hotels stated in the itinerary
4. Private car transfer in Harbin and car transfer between hotel and airport in Beijing.
5. Entrance fees for the attractions mentioned in the itinerary
6. English speaking local guide
7. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Price excludes:
1. Personal expenses as laundry, mini bar, etc.
2. Tips to guide, driver or luggage porter
3. Insurance
4. Other personal expenses.

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To book or to enquire about this tour, please fill in the following form. Our travel consultants will get back to you within one working day. For urgent booking, please call us at 0086 10 64096031 or 0086 13521995912.

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