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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4 days Beijing-Lhasa-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJLS01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1303 per person
Special Features:

Exploring chapels and halls of Potala Palace; Walking around Barkhor Street with a visit to Johkang Temple; Visiting Sera Monastery and experience monks??ebates; Learning at Tibetan Traditional Handicrafts Workshops.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Lhasa by flight (D)

Your English-speaking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to airport for morning flight to Lhasa. On arrival, your Tibetan guidewill greet you in the airport and drive 1.5 hours to Lhasa city. On the way, you will stop to see a Rock Painting. For the rest of day, you willunpack and relax in the hotel and spend some leisure time in the nearby streets. Spend 3 nights in Lhasa.

Potala Palace,LhasaDay 2 Lhasa (B/L/D) 

Our English speaking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and to admire the Potala Palace. Firstly built in 7th Century, the palace has becomethe political centre of Tibet since 17th century after the 5th Dalai Lama being appointed by the central government as the local temporal andreligious leader. It is composed of a 13-floor main building namely Red Palace and White Palace and many halls and chapels. In 1994 the PotalaPalace was listed as the World Cultural Heritage.

In the afternoon you will visit the Johkang Temple, which means “House of Buddha”. It was builtin 647 A.D during the Tang Dynasty to worship the statues of Sakyamuni Buddha brought by Princess Wencheng and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. ForTibetan people, Johkang Temple is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet and a spiritual centre of Lhasa. Johkang Temple is circuit. Thecircular pilgrim route around Jokhang temple is called Barkhor and later becoming flourishing. The Barkhor market itself is the best palace inTibet for purchasing traditional Tibetan handicrafts, religious implements, antiques, books, Thangkas and traditional Tibetan clothes etc.

Day 3 Lhasa (B/L/D)

Today you will start the day trip with Tibetan traditional handicraft workrooms in Lhasa, where you will witness the process of making Tibetan jossstick, Tibetan porcelain, Tangka, Tibetan Carpet and so on.

Sera Monastery,LhasaThen you will move on to Norbu Linka. Situated in the west of Lhasa, it had long beenthe Summer Palace for Dalai Lamas. Norbu Linka means “Treasure Garden” in Tibetan language. It occupies an area of 46 hectares and is made up of370 rooms and chapels in different sizes.

Afterwards the guide and driver will take you to visit Sera Monastery and to see the Monk Debates on theteachings of Buddha and principles of Buddhism. Visitors are allowed to see the Debates conducted by the lamas in the monastery every afternoon.During the debates, the Lamas would follow procedure and rules set for defenders and questioners and both sides use different physical gesturesshowing different meanings.

Day 4 Lhasa/Beijing by flight (B)

Today you will be met and transferred to Lhasa airport for departure flight back to Beijing.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2008USD1908USD1775--
2-3 personsUSD1564USD1514USD1458USD200/150/95
4-5 personsUSD1449USD1399USD1342USD200/150/95
6-9 personsUSD1485USD1358USD1303USD200/150/95
Guilin Hotels 5*Jardin Secret hotel 4*Tibet hotel 3*Yak hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2646USD2460USD2247--
2-3 personsUSD1834USD1802USD1696USD327/234/127
4-5 personsUSD1688USD1595USD1489USD327/234/127
6-9 personsUSD1612USD1520USD1413USD327/234/127
Guilin Hotels 5*Jardin Secret hotel 4*Tibet hotel 3*Yak hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private transfers in Lhasa and pick up transfer from hotel to airport in Beijing.
2. Internal flights from Beijing to Lhasa and Lhasa to Beijing.
3. 3 night accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Beijing and Lhasa
5. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
6. All airport taxes.
7. Tibet permit

Price excludes:
1. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
2. Airport-hotel transfer on Day 5
3. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
4. Other personal expenses.

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