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-Shanghai Tour by High Speed Train
  • Tour Code: BJSH04
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD489 per person
Special Features:

Explore Yuyuan Garden, a pearl of classical gardens with a history of over 400 years; view beautiful sights from Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a symbol of Shanghai; walk through the winding lanes and old alleys for a glimpse of real local life.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Shanghai

You are met at your hotel lobby and transferred to the train station for the comfortable G train 2nd class to Shanghai. The journey takes 5.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local tour guide and drive to your hotel for two nights by a private air-conditioned car.

Yuyuan Garden,ShanghaiDay 2 Shanghai (B/L/D)

Today your wonderful trip begins with Yuyuan Garden. Situated at the center of old quarters, it used to be a personal garden built in 1559 during Ming Dynasty. The whole complex contains rockeries, pavilions, ponds and corridors in classic Chinese style.

Then you will visit Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1882, just as a hive of all kinds of activities with monks, worshippers and visitors. It is a really nice attraction to go whether you are a Buddhist follower or not. In addition, the ancient and classical architectural makes the temple more unique and deserve for a visit.

After lunch, you will head to Oriental Pearl TV Tower. As the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World, it’s 468 meters high. It is famous for its characteristic spheres, or called “pearls”. Now, it has become a landmark and is a favorite sight for tourists in Shanghai.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower, ShanghaiAfter that, you will visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. It presents the development of the current and future of Shanghai, giving visitors a superb perspective to describe Shanghai. You can experience the raised walkways for viewing the material by different angles and seeing the fascinating details. Then you will be transferred to hotel.

Day 3 Shanghai/ Beijing (B/L)

This morning you will be drive to Shanghai Old Alleys for a short visit. It’s an opportunity to experience the real life of Shanghainese for visiting the old alleys. The following is to see Tianzi Fang, also named Taikang Road, used to be a residential area. Now it turns out to be a public area with a mix of well-preserved Shikumen architecture, art galleries, coffee shops, boutiques and so on. After Lunch, you will be driven to the train station for Beijing G train 2nd class, ending your exciting Trip.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD972USD856USD830--
2-3 personsUSD670USD613USD599USD134/75/63
4-5 personsUSD585USD528USD514USD134/75/63
6-9 personsUSD560USD503USD489USD134/75/63
Hotels5* Shanghai Broadway Mansion 4*Ya fan Longmen Hotel 3* New Asia hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1060USD927USD865--
2-3 personsUSD714USD648USD616USD179/110/81
4-5 personsUSD629USD564USD532USD179/110/81
6-9 personsUSD604USD537USD506USD179/110/81
Hotels5* Shanghai Broadway Mansion 4*Ya fan Longmen Hotel 3* New Asia hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car in Shanghai and pick up car transfers from hotel to railway station in Beijing.
2. G train Second-class soft seat from Beijing to Shanghai and Shanghai to Beijing..
3. 2 nights accommodation with private facilities.
4. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. English speaking guide.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.

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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