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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5 Days Beijing Package Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-PT02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD391 per person
Special Features:

Experiencing Emperors' residence the Forbidden City, the largest sacrificial site the Temple of Heaven and the greatest imperial garden the Summer Palace; Walking on the Great Wall at Mutianyu Visiting the Panda House in Beijing Zoo, one of the most endangered animal in the world; Tracing the steps of Old Beijing by seeing Capital Museum, Hutong and Dongjiao Minxiang; Shopping opportunity in Xiushui Silk Market.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Beijing (D)

Tian'anmen Square,BeijingYour English-speaking guide will greet you in Beijing International Airport and then transfer to your downtown hotel for 4 nights. Unpack and relax. Then your guide will accompany you for a 1.5-hour-visit to Tian’anmen Square. Known as the largest city square in the world, Tian’anmen has a significant political position in the modern and contemporary history of China. You will see Monument to People’s Heroes in the centre, National Museum in the east side, People’s Congress Hall in the west side and Front Gate and Arrow Gate in the south. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with Beijing Roast Duck. Chinese people started to roast duck in Southern and Northern Dynasties almost 1600 years ago. Roasted Duck appeared in the menu of Imperial Kitchen in the 14th century. After Ming Emperor Yongle moved the capital city from Nanjing to Beijing in 1420, the Beijing Duck has become one of the most favorite dishes in the Ming Court. The first Beijing Roast Duck restaurant is called Bianyifang which was opened in Qianmen Area in 1416. The biggest chain restaurant of Beijing Roast Duck is Quanjude which has not only established restaurants in China but also introducing it to the rest of world. Beijing Roast Duck has now become a national dish of China.

Day 2 Beijing (B/L) 

Mutianyu Great Wall,BeijingThis morning your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and then head for Great Wall at Mutianyu, located in Huairou District 80km away from Beijing downtown, it is the best-preserved part of all Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD). Actually the earliest Great Wall appeared in the area during Northern Qi period (550AD-577AD) and it was General Xu Da that received the order from Ming Emperor and built the present Wall on the ruins of Northern Qi Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall is connected with Juyongguan Great Wall in the west and Gugeikou Great Wall in the east. You will spend 2 hours trekking in Mutianyu. Drive back to the city and visit Summer Palace for 1.5 hours. As the largest and most elegant imperial garden in China, Summer Palace was firstly built in 1750 by Emperor Qianlong as the birthday gift for his mother and later saw several renovations during the two Opium wars in 19th century. Summer Palace was listed as World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO as “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.” and Panda House of Beijing Zoo, which was firstly built in 1950’s and later expanded in 1989, is the home of 8 giant pandas and one of most important research and breeding centres in China.

Day 3 Beijing (B/L)

Lama Temple,BeijingToday you will visit the Forbidden City, the largest palatial complex in the world, which consists of over 900 buildings and had served as the residence of 26 emperors and their family for almost 500 years (1420AD to 1911AD), as well as the ceremnial and governing centre of China.You will enter the Forbidden City from Southern gate, also named Meridien Gate and exit it from Northern Gate, also named Gate of Devine Might and stay 2 hours there. Afterwards you will move on to Lama Temple, which was firstly constructed in 1694 as a prince’s residence for later Qing Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735). After his death, the succeeding emperor Qianlong converted the residence into a Tibetan Lamasery. Hence it conveys the highest position among all religious temples in China. The Temple consists of 3 magnificent archways, 5 main halls and other study chapels, covering a total area of 66,400 square metres. After lunch, you will drive to visit Temple of Heaven, being constructed from 1406-1420 in Ming Dynasty, it is a huge complex of religious buildings being used for Emperors’ annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is 4 times size of Forbidden City and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. This evening you will have the chance to enjoy Lengend of Kungfu Show. The one and half hour show celebrates the philosophy and skill of Chinese martial arts through storytelling, choreography, breath-taking music and dramatic design.

Day 4 Beijing (B/L)

Hutong,BeijingVisit Capital Museum, which was re-opened to visitors in 2006 and it is the second largest only to National Museum of China in terms of size. Regular exhibitions of ancient capital Beijing illustrate the splendid and glorious Beijing history and culture. Next you will take Hutong Tour in Rickshaw. Hutong was firstly named as such in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and consists of lanes or alleys formed by pre-modern siheyuan, four-sided compounds with houses around a courtyard. Life in Hutong areas remains traditional way and you will take a cycle rickshaw viewing the Hutong areas. Shopping in Xiushui Silk Market. Once open-door market prosperous in 1980s’ and 1990s’, it is now a shopping centre selling different types of goods with Chinese features, such as clothes, silk, pearls, porcelain, tea and handicrafts, etc.  

Day 5 Depart Beijing (B)

Today you will be met and transferred to airport for departure flight to next destination.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1022USD959USD888----
2-3 personsUSD570USD541USD504USD202/170/134
4-5 personsUSD530USD498USD462USD202/170/134
6-9 personsUSD459USD426USD391USD202/170/134
Beijing Hotel5* Capital Hotel4* Super House International3* Pinganfu Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1242USD1065USD906----
2-3 personsUSD682USD593USD514USD312/223/142
4-5 personsUSD640USD550USD471USD312/223/142
6-9 personsUSD569USD480USD400USD312/223/142
Beijing Hotel5* Capital Hotel4* Super House International3* Pinganfu Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All private car transfer in Beijing.
2. 4 nights accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
4. English speaking guide in Beijing.
5. 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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