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-Luoyang Tour by flight
  • Tour Code: BJLY02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD659 per person
Special Features:

Explore the ancient city Luoyang in 2 days' perfect for a weekend tour; pay pilgrimage to the Buddhist temple and home to Chinese kung fu Shaolin Temple; visit World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes Learn more culture of Henan Province in Luoyang Museum.

Tour Itinerary

Shaolin Temple,LuoyangDay 1 Beijing/Luoyang

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the airport and take afternoon or evening flight to one of China’s ancient capitals Luoyang. Upon arrival, our English speaking guide will greet you warmly at the airport and accompany to the hotel. Stay at the hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2 Luoyang (B/L)

Drive 1.5 hours to Shaolin Temple for full day tour. You will have chance to watch a martial arts show performed by monks in the temple.

Shaolin Temple is located at the western foot of Songshan Mountain in Dengfeng City, about 80 km from Luoyang. It’s a Chan Buddhistt Temple well-known to the whole world as the origin of Chinese martial arts. The Pagoda Forest in the temple is famed for its 232 different-style pagodas built in different dynasties. These pagodas are actually tombs for eminent Shaolin monks.

Longmen Grottoes,LuoyangDay 3 Luoyang/Beijing (B/L/D)

Full day Luoyang city tour to visit one of the three best-known Buddhist caves Longmen Grottoes, the 5 showrooms of Luoyang Museum, and White Horse Temple. After all sightseeing, transfer to the airport for the late evening flight back to Beijing. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Longmen Grottoes represents the highest level of Chinese Buddhist carving art. Along the 1-kilometer-long limestone cliff, as many as 1 million statues of Buddha and his disciples were carved, most of them date from Tang Dynasty (618-916) and Northern Wei dynasty. The site was listed as a World Heritage Site for its distinguished artistic creativity.

Luoyang Museum, a building in Tang Dynasty style, offers ancient historical relics from Neolithic times to slave society and feudal society. The 1,700 exhibits on display show to visitors how rich the cultural heritage of Luoyang is.

White Horse Temple (Baima Temple) is said to be the first Buddhist temple in China. It was established at the beginning of Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) to accommodate the Buddhist sutras from India. Due to its long history, the temple is noted for its great antique architecture.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1348USD1192USD1155--
2-3 personsUSD904USD833USD817USD164/86/69
4-5 personsUSD868USD798USD787USD164/86/69
6-9 personsUSD746USD675USD659USD164/86/69
HotelsLee Royal hotel Mu DuLuoyang Peony Hotel Luoyang Guohao hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD13691215USD1104USD1177--
2-3 personsUSD915USD844USD828USD175/97/79
4-5 personsUSD879USD808USD790USD175/97/79
6-9 personsUSD757USD686USD670USD175/97/79
HotelsLee Royal hotel Mu Du Luoyang Peony Hotel  Luoyang Guohao hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All internal transportations in Beijing and Luoyang, including flights from Beijing to Luoyang and Luoyang to Beijing air-tickets with all airport taxes.
2. Two nights' accommodation at our designated hotel with breakfast.
3. Entrance Fees as listed
4. English Speaking guide
5. Meals as listed

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver
2. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
3. Other personal expenses

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