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 Tour to Mulan Weichang Grassland and Chengde
  • Tour Code: BJCDE04
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD404 per person
Special Features:

Escape the hustles and bustles of big cities on the peaceful grassland; visit the largest imperial garden Summer Resort in Chengde; explore the Little Potala Palace of the Eight Outer Temples.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing-Chengde by train, Chengde-Mulan Weichang Grassland by car (L/D)

Mulan Weichang Grassland, ChengdeYou are met early this morning at your hotel and transferred to the railway station for the train to Chengde. Take soft seat on K7711 (08:05-12:31). Our local tour guide will greet you at Chengde Railway station and escort you to Mulan Weichang Grassland which is 250 km from Chengde. One night at Mulan Weichang.

Bashang Grassland is the nearest grassland destination from Beijing. Mulan Weichang is one of the 4 parts of Bashang. Located 450 km to the north of Beijing, it’s an ideal place for Beijing residents to escape the summer heat. The charm of Mulan Weichang changes in each season, so photographers are attracted all year round. For tourists, the best time to visit is from June to September.

Day 2 Mulan Weichang-Chengde by car (B/L/D)

Enjoy time on the grassland. If you like, get up early to watch the sunrise. You can join in the activities like horse riding and arrow shooting, or watch local wrestling competitions. The expenses are on your own. Drive to Chengde this afternoon.

Little Potala Palace, ChengdeDay 3 Chengde-Beijing by train (B/L)

Today we visit the largest royal garden Chengde Mountain Resort and the Tibetan Buddhist Temple – the Little Potala Palace. Transfer to the railway station for the train back to Beijing (K7712 13:53-18:19) and get back to hotel on your own.

Chengde Mountain Resort is the largest extant imperial garden and architecture complex, representing the summit of Chinese gardens. Exquisitely designed in harmony with the lakes and hills in and around, it is composed of the Palace Area and the Pleasure Area. The resort used gray bricks and tiles for its building clusters, making it solemn and elegant.

The Eight Outer Temples actually consists of 11 lamaseries in different architectural styles. The Little Potala Palace is a replica of Tibet’s Potala Palace, with a red building in the center and white buildings at its wings. Today no monks are in residence.

Notes:

1. Please make sure to bring sun block.

2. Bring warm clothing since it’s very cool on the grassland in the morning and afternoon.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1137USD1137USD1080---
2-3 personsUSD660USD660USD633USD112/112/82
4-5 personsUSD480USD480USD451USD112/112/82
6-9 personsUSD475USD475USD445USD112/112/82
Mula Weichang HotelnYunshan hotelShenghua hotelWenguan hotel 
Chengde HotelYuexin Resort HotelYuexin Resort HotelYuexin Resort Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1346USD1328USD1319---
2-3 personsUSD764USD757USD752USD151/141/137
4-5 personsUSD539USD528USD528USD151/141/137
6-9 personsUSD528USD519USD514USD151/141/137
Mulan Weichang HotelYunshan hotelShenghua hotelWenguan hotel 
Chengde HotelYuexin Resort HotelYuexin Resort HotelYuexin Resort Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car transfer in Chengde, Mulan Weichang and pick up transfer from hotel to railway station in Beijing.
2. Chinese meals as listed B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
3. Entrance fees as listed
4. English Speaking tour guide
5. Two nights accommodation with private facilities with breakfast, if you want to share one room, please pay single supplement.
6. Soft seat train round trip Beijing/Chengde.

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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