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 Guilin Hiking Tour
  • Tour Code: BJGL05
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1210 per person
Special Features:

Half-day hiking amid the Longji Rice Terraces in Longsheng; Taking a Li River Cruise, one of the World?? Top Ten Watery Wonders recommended by National Geographic magazine; One day light hiking in the countryside of Yangshuo.

Tour Itinerary

Dragon Backbone Rice Terrace,GuilinDay 1 Beijing/Guilin/Longji (D)

You are met at your hotel lobby and transferred to the airport for the flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred directly to the Longji Rice Terraces area in Longsheng. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 Longji/Guilin (B/L)

This morning, you wonderful trip begins with a guided hiking up to the top of the Longji Terraces, then walk from Ping’an Village to Dazhai Village, a village of ethnic Yao people. After whole day tour, you will be transferred to Guilin.

Day 3 Guilin/Yangshuo (B/L/D)

West Street,GuilinToday you will head to the wharf for Li River Cruise. This picturesque river is the symbol of Guilin. When sparkling in the sunlight, the river steam winds through grand mountains like a liquid jade belt, leaving you an unforgettable experience. Simple lunch on board.

After disembark in Yangshuo in the afternoon, you will stroll on West Street, the oldest street with a history more than 1,400 years, which is famous for over 300 restaurants, cafes, crafts, foreign club etc. In addition, it’s regard as the paradise for the tourists because of good environment for communication.

After dinner, Impression of Liu Sanjie directed by the reputed movie director Zhang Yimou will be arranged. The performance, hundreds of bamboo rafts on the water, candle light fired under the moon light, thousands of people dressed in Chinese minority ethnic costumes humming a folk song, is performed by local villagers and local minority groups of Zhuang and Yao. Transfer to the hotel.

Yulong River,GuilinDay 4 Yangshuo (B/L/D)

In the morning start your walk from hotel along Yulong River through Yima village, then head to the Parking area. Yulong River is served as the second largest river in Yangshuo. Return to the hotel of Mountain Retreat which is particularly beautiful and have lunch. Keep on walking across the Yulong River to villages, school, and rice fields and so on. Finally transfer back to hotel.

Day 5 Yangshuo/Beijing (B)

Transfer to the airport for the departure flight back to Beijing. End of your pleasant trip!

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2121USD2057USD1998--
2-3 personsUSD1480USD1448USD1418USD207/174/143
4-5 personsUSD1367USD1337USD1307USD207/174/143
6-9 personsUSD1271USD1241USD1210USD207/174/143
Longsheng HotelLongji Star Wish ResortLongji Star Wish ResortPing'an hotel 
Guilin HotelWaterfall HotelGuilin Park HotelUniversal Hotel 
Yangshuo HotelMountain ResortMountain ResortMountain Resort 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2272USD2198USD2152--
2-3 personsUSD1557USD1518USD1496USD281/246/227
4-5 personsUSD1441USD1406USD1382USD281/246/227
6-9 personsUSD1348USD1309USD1287USD281/246/227
Longsheng HotelLongji Star Wish ResortLongji Star Wish ResortPing'an hotel 
Guilin HotelWaterfall HotelGuilin Park HotelUniversal Hotel 
Yangshuo HotelMountain ResortMountain ResortMountain Resort 
*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 Guilin, Guilin to Beijing.
2. 4 nights accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Longsheng, Guilin and Yangshuo
5. Pick up form hotel to airport transfers in Beijing with English speaking guide.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
7. All airport taxes.

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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