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-Xian-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJXA05
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD750 per person
Special Features:

See the essence of Xian ancient city; visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses guarding the tomb of Qin Shihuang; go west to visit the Famen Temple and Qianling Mausoleum.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing-Xian by flight (B/L)

Shannxi History Museum,XianTransfer to Beijing Capital Airport and fly to Xian. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. After lunch, you will visit Shaanxi History Museum. As a giant architectural complex in the Tang-dynasty style, it shows the gems of the Shaanxi culture and the development of the Chinese civilization. The main exhibition hall displays over 2,700 works of art, items include bronzes, Tang-dynasty tomb wall paintings, and terracotta statues and so on.

Our next stop is Big Goose Pagoda, situated in Da Ci'en Temple. It is 60 meters high and consists of a brick structure of five stories. Now, it is one of the most unusual and remarkable attraction, possibly the most gorgeous building left in Xian today.

Move on to the Great Mosque in the Muslim Area. It is the best place for the tourists coming here with a wide area of stalls selling everything.

Day 2 Terracotta Warrior and Horses Tour (B/L)

City Wall,XianThis morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Terra-cotta Warriors, which is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies and houses of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The museum and the mausoleum are listed in the world's cultural heritage of the UNESCO.

After lunch, drive back to the city center of Xian and see the City Wall. It’s the most complete city wall that has still existed in China served as one of the largest ancient military defensive structure in the world. Then you will be transferred to your hotel for the rest of the day.

Day 3 Famen Temple and Qingling Mausoleum Tour (B/L/)

Famen Temple,XianThe highlight of today is Famen Temple, about 120km far from the city center. It was built during East Han Dynasty and famous for housing the four important Buddhist relics linked to Sakyamuni (Siddhartha Guatama) himself, the founder of Buddhism, including the remains of his finger bone.

After lunch, visit Qianling Tomb, 85km west of Xian, the co-tomb of Emperor Tang Gaozong ( Li Zhi, 628 A.D.- 683 A.D.) and Empress Wu Zetian (624 A.D.- 705 A.D.), the only Empress throughout Chinese history. A holy way flanked by animal and human statues standing all the way. After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel.

Day 4 Xian/Beijing (B)

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1371USD1224USD1158--
2-3 personsUSD966USD893USD860USD194/121/88
4-5 personsUSD883USD808USD776USD194/121/88
6-9 personsUSD856USD781USD750USD194/121/88
Hotels5* Grand Park Hotel4*Le Garden Hotel3*Melody Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1534USD1268USD1202--
2-3 personsUSD1062USD931USD897USD260/127/93
4-5 personsUSD981USD847USD813USD260/127/93
6-9 personsUSD954USD821USD787USD260/127/93
Hotels5* Grand Park Hotel4*Le Garden Hotel3*Melody Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car transfer in Xi??n and pick up car transfer from hotel to airport in Beijing.
2. Internal flights from Beijing to Xian and Xian to Beijing with all airport taxes.
3. 3 nights accommodation with private facilities.
4. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. English speaking guide in Xi??n.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.

Price excludes:
1. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
2. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
3. Other personal expenses.

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