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-Xiamen-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJXM01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD927 per person
Special Features:

Spend an afternoon on the traffic free Gulangyu Island; Visit the Nanputuo Temple which is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy; Full day trip to explore Hakka culture at Yongding Earth Buildings.

Tour Itinerary

Shuzhuang Garden, XiamenDay 1 Beijing/Xiamen (L)

Morning pick up at hotel and transfer to airport to catch the flight to Xiamen. Upon arrival be met by our guide & driver. We first stop at the South Putuo Temple. Then take a ferry to Gulangyu (Drum Wave Islet) which is regarded as an architecture museum. Have a stroll on the island appreciating the colonial style buildings. Get to the highest point of the Island Sunlight Rock for the intriguing scenery around. Move on to Shuzhuang Garden which is sandwiched between ocean and cliff. Transfer back to your hotel.

South Putuo Temple owns a history of over 1,000 years and plays an important role in Buddhism world home and abroad. The statue of Thousand-armed Goddess of Mercy was built with gorgeous workmanship, and the Sutra House includes all kinds of Buddhist relics.

Gulangyu Island is a serene island 5 minutes off the coast of Xiamen by ferry. It’s notable for its winding seacoast, laid-back life style, varied architecture and cultural relics. The island is car free, so the atmosphere is calm and park like.

Yongding Hakka Earth Buildings, XiamenDay 2 Yongding Hakka Earth Buildings Day Trip (B/L)

Full day tour to Yongding Hakka Earth Buildings. Visit the main buildings in the area and experience local life.

Hakka Earth Buildings (Tulou in Chinese), or Fujian Earthen Structures, are usually a large enclosed building, rectangular or circular in shape. It’s a type of ancient Chinese rural residence with 3 to 5 storeys high, accommodating up to 80 families. The buildings combine defensive function and aesthetic value, showing us the unique Hakka cultural customs.

Day 3 Xiamen/Beijing (B)

Transfer to the airport and fly back to Beijing. Get back to your hotel at your own arrangement.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1619USD1554USD1496--
2-3 personsUSD1181USD1147USD1120USD124/90/63
4-5 personsUSD1045USD1012USD987USD124/90/63
6-9 personsUSD987USD954USD927USD124/90/63
Hotels5*Xianglu Grand hotel4*Huaqiao hotel3*Gallery Hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1619USD1554USD1496--
2-3 personsUSD1181USD1147USD1120USD124/90/63
4-5 personsUSD1045USD1012USD987USD124/90/63
6-9 personsUSD987USD954USD927USD124/90/63
Hotels5*Xianglu Grand hotel4*Huaqiao hotel3*Gallery Hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
2. Private English-speaking tour guide in Xiamen
3. Entrance fees
4. Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle.
5. Two nights accommodation with breakfasts
6. Roundtrip flights with airport taxes
7. Hotel-airport transfer in Beijing

Price excludes:
1. Tips to the guide and the driver
2. Airport-hotel transfer in Beijing

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