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-Lijiang-Shangri-la-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJLJ02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1417 per person
Special Features:

Explore Lijiang Old Town, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage in 1997; Hike the deepest gorges and finest treks all over the world- Tiger Leaping Gorge; Make pilgrimage to the paradise on earth - Shangri-la.

Tour Itinerary

Tiger Leaping Gorge,LijiangDay 1 Beijing/Lijiang (B/L/D)

You are met at your city center hotel and transferred to the airport for flight to Lijiang. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. After lunch,you will drive to Lijiang Old Town with a history more than 800 years. Be different from other cities, it is known for its special architecture, the longhistory and traditional culture, especially the life style of Naxi people. 

Day 2 Lijiang/Shangri-La (B/L/D)

This morning you will visit Baisha Naxi village. It presents a living showcase of Dongba culture, and you could taste Yunan "three course" tea. Baisha frescos, as another Naxi cultural heritage, cover a wide range of religious figures and myths. It contains Han, Naxi and Tibetan styles. Then you will be transferred to Shangri-La. Stop on the way in Shigu (site of Yangtze first bend) and in the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is one of the deepest gorges and finest trek spots all over the world. The trekking trail runs high on the side of the Tiger Leaping Gorge passing through the tranquility villages, dense forest and fresh farmland. The snow covered top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain can be seen during the trekking.

PUdacuo National Park,LijiangDay 3 Shangri La (B/L/D)

Today you trip starts with Pudacuo National Park, hike in the park along beautiful Shudu and Bita Lakes. Then you will go back to Shangri-La to visit the Old Town, the best area offers great opportunity for exploration and discovering the Tibetan culture. After lunch, you will head to Baiji Temple to enjoy the fabulous old town and the grand sight of Shika Mountain.

Day4 Shangri La/Beijing (B/L)

The highlight of today is the visit of Tibetan Buddhist Songzanlin Monastery. Completed in 1679, it’s the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery complex inYunnan.

The walls are full of exquisite frescos showing the story and legends of the Buddas, and the cloisters are all embellish with exquisite sculptures and perfect frescos. There is also exhibition of lots of golden figures of Buddha josses, golden lamps, Tibetan lections, silver censers and so on. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Beijing, ending your wonderful trip!

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2467USD2224USD2183--
2-3 personsUSD1780USD1658USD1638USD849/127/107
4-5 personsUSD1760USD1638USD1619USD849/127/107
6-9 personsUSD1559USD1436USD1417USD849/127/107
Lijiang Hotel5*Guanfang Hotel4*Aviation Guan Guang Hotel3*Sanhe Hotel 
Shangr-La HotelTian Jie ShenChuan HotelShiner HotelHuaitai Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2490USD2237USD2206--
2-3 personsUSD1791USD1665USD1649USD260/134/118
4-5 personsUSD1771USD1646USD1630USD260/134/118
6-9 personsUSD1569USD1444USD1427USD260/134/118
Lijiang Hotel5*Guanfang Hotel4*Aviation Guan Guang Hotel3*Sanhe Hotel 
Shangr-La HotelTian Jie Shen Chuan Hotel Shiner HotelHuaitai Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Internal flights from Beijing to Lijiang and Lijiang to Beijing (economic class).
2. All domestic airport taxes
3.3 nights'accommodation (on sharing twin basis) with daily breakfast in hotels stated in the itinerary
4. Private car transfer in Lijiang, Shangri-La and pick up car transfer from hotel to airport in Beijing.
5. Entrance fees for the attractions mentioned in the itinerary
6. English speaking local guide
7. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Price excludes:
1. Personal expenses as laundry, mini bar, etc.
2. Tips to guide, driver or luggage porter
3. Insurance
4. Other personal expenses.

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