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-Yabuli-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJHB02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: only in winter (from 20th Dec to early Mar in the next year)
  • Price: from USD952 per person
Special Features:

Visit the two main venues of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival; Skiing at China?? largest ski resort Yabuli; Explore Harbin city with both western and oriental charm.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Harbin by flight (L)

You are transferred to Beijing Capital Airport and fly to Harbin. Arrive in Harbin and have lunch. Today we visit the enormous Snow Sculpture Expo and the Ice and Snow World on the Sun Island. 

Ice and Snow World, HarbinThe annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival starts officially on January 5 and runs until late February. Actually the main venues open earlier and close some days later if weather permits. Each year, snow sculptures and ice architectures are constructed according to the theme of the year. The Snow Sculpture Expo exhibits mainly sculptures carved with snow, while the Ice and Snow World features full size buildings built from crystal clear ice blocks from the frozen surface of the nearby Songhua River. At night the ice buildings are illuminated with multicolored electric lights.

Day 2 Harbin/Yabuli
(B/L/D)

Take morning train to Yabuli Ski Resort and arrives in 3.5 hours. After lunch, have fun skiing at Yabuli. Ski cost is on your own. Stay the night at Yabuli.

As the largest and best ski resort in China, Yabuli is 180 km from Harbin. A number of international events were held here, such as the 2009 Winter Universiade. It’s also the major training venue for China’s national ski teams. The resort owns slopes for beginners and professionals. Skiers can take cable car to get onto the top of the mountain.

Central Street,HarbinDay 3 Yabuli/Harbin/Beijing (B/L)

Take train ride back to Harbin. Wander along the Central Street blending western and oriental architectures. Visit the St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral. See off at the airport and fly back to Beijing. Make your own way back to your hotel.

Central Street, Zhongyang Dajie in Chinese, is a pedestrian street lined with old building of different styles. That’s why it is called “Architecture Museum”. Today these buildings are used for hotels, restaurants and souvenirs stores. St. Sophia Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Church, an example of Neo-Byzantine architecture. Now it turns into am architecture and art museum.

Notes:

1.      Please wear comfortable and very warm clothes.

2.      This tour is available from 20th Jan to early Mar.

Prices
Dec. 20 - Mar. 10DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1995USD1765USD1693--
2-3 personsUSD1355USD1239USD1204USD242/127/91
4-5 personsUSD1177USD1062USD1027USD242/127/91
6-9 personsUSD1105USD989USD952USD242/127/91
Harbin Hotel

Gloria Hotel

Gloria Hotel

Guo Ge Li Hotel 
Yabuli HotelAvaunce Int. Convention Center

Yunding Hotel

 Dianli 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,Yabuli and pick up car transfer from hotel to 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.
8. Soft sleeper train Harbin to Yabuli and Yabuli to Harbin.
9. Snowboarding, cane, snow shoes

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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