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-Pingyao Tour by Train
  • Tour Code: BJPY04
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD352 per person
Special Features:

Explore the sites of the world UNESCO site Pingyao Ancient City; visit one of the ten famous charming towns??hangbi Ancient Castle; Beijing-Taiyuan roundtrip by express train.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Taiyuan/Pingyao (L)

You will be met at your city center hotel and transferred to the Beijing West Railway station for the morning train to Taiyuan. On arrive in Taiyuan you will be transferred to Pingyao by car. Your half day tour will begin by visiting Ancient City Wall, Ri Sheng Chang Bank and Ming Qing Street. Lunch is included.

Rishengchang,PinyaoThe Ancient City Wall of Pingyao is 6163m long in circumference and it is in square shape. It is one of the best preserved old city walls and one of the key cultural relics. The wall we can see now is mainly in Ming style.

The Rishengchang Bank is located in the prosperous lot of Mingqing Street. It is the ancestor of modern Chinese banks. A Shanxi merchant named Lei Lvtai founded Rishengchang, the first banking firm in China that handled inter-city and inter-regional remittance and cashing service, in 1823 in Pingyao. The founding of Rishengchang had contributed considerably to the commercial activities of Shanxi merchants and exerted a far-reaching influence upon the development of China’s financial industry.

The Mingqing Street which is also called Nandajie is the most bustling street in Pingyao since the ancient time. It runs along the central, north-south axis with a total length over 750m. The shops on both sides are all in Ming and Qing style.

Wang's Courtyard,PinyaoDay 2 Pingyao (B/L)

Morning start the day tour by driving to the Wang’s Courtyard first. After lunch, visit the Zhangbi Ancient Castle. After the day tour, transfer back to Pingyao for one more night stay.

The Wang’s Courtyard is a complex of the Qing dynasty dwellings. The total area of the house is over 45000 square meters and with a total room number of 1118. There is a saying “you do not need to visit any courtyard after visiting the Wang’s”. And it is also called the Forbidden City in Shanxi. It is really the art treasure and architectural culture heritage in China.

The Zhangbi Ancient Castle is a well-preserved mini castle which melted the military, living, production, religious activities into a whole. It is the national protected historic site and one of the ten famous charming towns. Above the ground, it is just an ancient castle, but under the ground it is an impressive city. Enter from an ordinary residence’s tunnel, you will find a mysterious underground world where concealed the underground defense system of Zhangbi.

Day 3 Pingyao/Taiyuan/Beijing (B/L)

Transfer back to Taiyuan train station by car to catch the train back to Beijing. On arrival in Beijing, at your own arrangement.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD904USD836USD830--
2-3 personsUSD533USD501USD495USD106/72/67
4-5 personsUSD528USD450USD491USD124/90/86
6-9 personsUSD391USD358USD352USD124/90/86
HotelsHongshanyi hotel Tianyuankui hotel Dejuyuan hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD949USD880USD874--
2-3 personsUSD556USD523USD519USD130/95/91
4-5 personsUSD550USD517USD514USD130/95/91
6-9 personsUSD413USD379USD376USD130/95/91
HotelsHongshanyi hotel Tianyuankui hotel Dejuyuan hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Taiyuan(Pingyao)and Pick up car transfer from hotel to railway station in Beijing.
2. Two nights accommodation in Pingyao as specified in the itinerary with private facilities.
3. Entrance fee.
4. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. Your personal tour guide and driver.
6. Beijing-Taiyuan(Pingyao)-Beijing High Speed 2nd class Train.

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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