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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Day Tour to Badaling and Juyongguan Great Wall
  • Tour Code: BJ-GW10
  • Attractions: Badaling Great Wall, Juyongguan Pass
  • Location: --
  • Distance: 75km from Beijing downtown
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD58 per person
Tour Itinerary

Badaling Great Wall,BeijingMeet up your guide in the hotel lobby.

1.5 hours car transfer to one of the most dramatic sections of the Great Wall at Badaling that snakes across the rugged mountain landscape. You will spend 2 hours hiking on the wall.

Have lunch in a local restaurant.

Drive 20-30 minutes to the Juyongguan Pass Great Wall. Spend 1.5 hours on the wall.

Get back to your hotel at around 5:30 pm.

Notes:

1. Please wear comfortable shoes because of the complicated geographical conditions.

2. The Juyongguan Pass is the only section of Great Wall without cable car.

Juyong Pass Great Wall,BeijingAs a symbol of China’s ancient civilization, Great Wall was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World. As one of the largest-scale defensive project in the world, it was originally built to guard the country against the Mongolian cavalries. Now it is a world famous historical scenic spot welcoming tourists home and abroad.

Badaling Great Wall is the best preserved section of the Great Wall. It measures 12 km with awesome views in each season. Here we can find 24 watch towers and 4 wall platforms. Badaling is disabled friendly. Next to the body of the wall, a flat lane was built for wheelchairs. Wheelchairs can be booked with us beforehand.

Juyongguan Pass is 20 km from Badaling. Regarded as one of the three most magnificent passes under heaven, Juyongguan played a significant role in defending the city of Beijing. The present wall was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and underwent a thorough renovation in 1992 before it was opened to the public.

Prices
Your group size1 person2-3 persons4-5 persons6-9 persons10 or more
PriceUSD145USD98USD86USD69USD58
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private transfers
2. Experienced English speaking guide
3. Entrance fees
4. Chinese lunch

Price excludes:
1. Tips to guide/driver
2. Cable car at Badaling

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