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-Chengdu-Jiuzhaigou-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJCD05
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1254 per person
Special Features:

2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou; Hike and explore in Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park; Visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Base to get up close with pandas.

Tour Itinerary

Wenshu Monastery,ChengduDay 1 Beijing/Chengdu

You will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Chengdu. Our English speaking guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel where you will spend two nights.

Day 2 Chengdu (B+L+D)

Today we will visit the Panda Breeding Base to get up close with pandas, and then move to Wenshu Monastery. Then learn local tea culture in a teahouse. In the evening visit a Sichuan Opera to learn about the art of Changing Face, dress and make-up.

The Chengdu Panda Institute was founded in 1987. It is an organization devoted to endangered wildlife research, breed, conservation education and educational tour.

Huanglong National ParkDay 3 Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou (B+L+D)

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Jiuzhaigou. Upon arrival visit the Huanglong National Park and transfer to hotel for two nights stay. The rest of the day is free for you to acclimatize to high altitude.

Day 4 Jiuzhaigou (B+L+D)

Full day tour to Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park. This scenic spot actually consists of three major gullies, which were formerly the sites of nine stockade villages of Tibetans from which derive the name Jiuzhaigou (Gully of Nine Villages). Whilst visiting the Tibetan villages there will be the opportunity to shop in the markets for handicrafts of the local ethnic groups.

More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhai Valley National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons.

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Reserve,ChengduJiuzhai Valley is locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for “Nine Village Valley”). It is a national park located in the Min Shan mountain range, Northern Sichuan in South Western China. It is best known for its fabled blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, narrow conic karst land forms and its unique wildlife. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992; the park joined the Man and Biosphere Conservation Network in 1997 and has also received IUCN and ISO 14,001 accreditations.

It is China’s premier national park and is located at elevations ranging between 1,990m (6,529 feet) to 4,764m (15,630 feet) above sea level. Located on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau in Northern Sichuan Province it is easily accessible by direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou. Jiuzhai Valley provides spectacular scenery throughout the year making it one of China’s most treasured scenic sites.

Day 5 Jiuzhaigou/Beijing (B)

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight back to Beijing. After arrival you are met and transferred to your city center hotel.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2055USD2041USD2011--
2-3 personsUSD1546USD1529USD1502USD196/182/152
4-5 personsUSD1345USD1331USD1301USD196/182/152
6-9 personsUSD1296USD1285USD1254USD196/182/152
Hotel in Chengdu5* Tianyi International Hotel4* Minhsan Lhasa hotel3* Sichuan Aviation Hotel 
Hotel in JiuzhaigouNew jiuzhai HotelQianhe InternationalGrand Jiuzhaigou Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2250USD2152USD2118--
2-3 personsUSD1738USD1642USD1606USD391/293/259
4-5 personsUSD1540USD1443USD1408USD391/293/259
6-9 personsUSD1491USD1415USD1359USD391/293/259
Hotel in Chengdu5* Tianyi International Hotel4* Minhsan Lhasa hotel3* Sichuan Aviation Hotel 
Hotel in JiuzhaigouNew jiuzhai HotelQianhe InternationalGrand Jiuzhaigou 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 as mentioned above, including internal flights from Beijing to Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou 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 Chengdu.
5. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
6. 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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