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-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJLJ01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1353 per person
Special Features:

Leisure time at Lijiang Old Town, nestle in a cozy chair to enjoy the sunshine; rek one of world?? deepest canyon - Tiger Leaping Gorge; Explore the sacred Jade Dragon Mountain.

Tour Itinerary

Lijiang Ancient Town,LijiangDay 1 Beijing/Lijiang by flight (L)

Meet at your hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Lijiang JD5181 (07:45-11:30). After lunch, wander around Lijiang Old Town. Visit the Residence of Mu’s Family. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore.

Lijiang is one of China’s best-preserved old towns. It’s best-known for its primitive natural landscape, leisurely life, warm sunshine, narrow winding cobblestone streets and ancient Chinese architecture. It used to be a prosperous town along the old tea horse road. Most inhabitants here are Naxi people, so Lijiang is also an ideal place to experience ethnic culture.

The Mu Family was Lijiang’s ruler from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Mu’s Residence was then Lijiang’s center of politics, power and wealth.

Day 2 Tiger Leaping Gorge day trip (B/L)

After breakfast at hotel, drive one hour to the First Bend of the Yangtze River, visit the Stone Drum Town. Move on to hike at Tiger Leaping Gorge. Drive back to hotel.

Yangtze River is China’s longest river and world’s third longest. When it runs to Stone Drum Town, it was forced by mountains to make a sudden turn in the shape of V. Many prize-winning pictures are taken here. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a deep canyon on the Jinsha River, a tributary of upstream Yangtze River. It’s an utmost trekking destination.

Ganhaizi,LijiangDay 3 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain day tour (B/L)

We first visit the Ganhaizi Meadow and Baishui River before taking cable car to the Spruce Meadow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. This afternoon we stroll in Baisha Village and see the 600-year-old Baisha Murals.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is about one hour’s drive from the old town. Its snow-capped peaks could be seen in the town. Lots of animals and wild plants are found here. Wide spread myths and legends occurred on this mountain. Baisha Village is known for its hand-made embroidery and Baisha Murals.

Day 4 Lijiang/Beijing (B)

Free in the morning before being transferred to the airport and fly back to Beijing. After arrival, make your own way back to your hotel.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2059USD1994USD1954--
2-3 personsUSD1564USD1531USD1511USD161/127/107
4-5 personsUSD1557USD1523USD1504USD161/127/107
6-9 personsUSD1406USD1472USD1353USD161/127/107
Hotel5*Guanfang Hotel4*Aviation Guan Guang Hotel3*Sanhe Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2073USD2006USD1974--
2-3 personsUSD1573USD1540USD1521USD171/139/118
4-5 personsUSD1598USD1536USD1514USD171/139/118
6-9 personsUSD1417USD1383USD1363USD171/139/118
Hotel5*Guanfang Hotel4*Aviation Guan Guang Hotel3*Sanhe 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 and pick up from hotel to airport in Beijing.
5. Entrance fees for the attractions mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking local guide
6. 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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