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.


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5 days Lhasa Highlights Tour
  • Tour Code: BJLS02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1395 per person
Special Features:

Explore Lhasa city in two entire days and one day to the Heavenly Lake Namtso; Visit Tibet?? political center - Potala Palace; Know more about Tibetan Buddhism in Sera Monastery and Norbulingka.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Lhasa by flight (D)

Transfer to Beijing Capital Airport and fly to Lhasa with an average elevation of 3,600 meters. Transfer to hotel and adjust yourself to the high altitude.

Jokhang Temple,LhasaDay 2 Lhasa city tour (B/L/D)

Today we see the Buddhist statues, shrines, chapels, and murals in the fortress-like Potala Palace. Then visit the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple and join inthe worshippers circuiting along the Barkhor Street.

As the main residence of Dalai Lamas, Potala Palace is Tibet’s political center and a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. It stands 13 stories high on the Red Hillwith over 1000 rooms. The palace consists of two main parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. Red Palace is devoted to Buddhist activities and WhitePalace serves as the living quarter of Dalai Lama.

Jokhang Temple is regarded as Tibet’s spiritual center. It was built during the ruling period of Songsten Gampo to house the Buddhist statues brought by his two wives from inland Tang Dynasty and Nepal. The statue of Sakyamuni at age of twelve is the most important among all collections of the temple.

Norbulingka,LhasaDay 3 Lhasa city tour (B/L/D)

Morning visit to Tibet Museum and the Carpet Factory. In the afternoon move on to the 15th century Sera Monastery and Norbulingka, the summer palace for Dalai Lamas.

Tibet Museum is a Tibetan-style architecture with rich collections showing the civilization of this mysterious land. Over 1,000 precious objects are displayed here with the assistance of modern facilities. Sera Monastery is a magnificent architecture complex in the control of Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is widely-known for the Buddhist doctrine debates among monks. Norbulingka integrates rich palace ornamentation and garden art in harmony. The annual yogurt festival is held here.

Day 4 Lake Yamdrok day trip (B/L/D)

Get up early today. After breakfast drive to Lake Yamdrok, a sacred lake in Tibetan Buddhism and a popular destination for pilgrims.

Lake Yamdrok is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Every summer, Buddhist pilgrims walk along the lake clockwise to gain spiritual significance.

Day 5 Fly back to Beijing (B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Beijing. Make your own way back to hotel.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2352USD2330USD2187--
2-3 personsUSD1752USD1740USD1665USD212/202/125
4-5 personsUSD1540USD1531USD1456USD212/202/125
6-9 personsUSD1482USD1470USD1395USD212/202/125
Hotels 5*Jardin Secret hotel 4*Tibet hotel 3*Yak hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2898USD2694USD2419--
2-3 personsUSD2046USD1967USD1825USD391/312/170
4-5 personsUSD1823USD1743USD1601USD391/312/170
6-9 personsUSD1759USD1679USD1537USD391/312/170
Hotels 5*Jardin Secret hotel4*Tibet hotel 3*Yak hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including internal flights from Beijing to Lhasa and Lhasa to Beijing.
2. 4 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. Hotel-airport transfer in Beijing.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
7. All airport taxes.
8. 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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