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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4 days Beijing-Chengdu-Leshan-Emei-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJCD03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1188 per person
Special Features:

Visit the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world - the Giant Buddha in Leshan; Day trip to one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains - Mt Emei; Get close to giant pandas in Chengdu Panda Base.

Tour Itinerary

Du Fu Thatched Cottage,ChengduDay 1 Beijing/Chengdu by flight (L)

Transfer to Beijing Capital Airport for the flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. After lunch, you will visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the prime minister of Shu in the Three Kingdoms era. Head to Du Fu Thatched Cottage,the former residence of the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu, when he sought asylum in Chengdu. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore local culture.

Day 2 Chengdu/ Leshan/Emei (B/L/D)

This morning you will be driven to Leshan (about145km, 2 hours from Chengdu), visit the Giant Buddha in Leshan. There is an old saying goes ‘The Buddha is a mountain and the mountain is a Buddha’. The construction of the Buddha started in 713 AD by a Chinese monk named Haitong. With a height of 71 meters it is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world. Visit Lingyun Temple standing on the right back of the giant Buddha's head. After that, Cruise to have a look at the Giant Buddha from afar and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Drive to Emei, and overnight there.

Giant Buddha in Leshan, ChengduDay 3 Emei/Chengdu (B/L/D)

Today you will visit Baoguo Temple and the Wannian Temple on Mt. Emei. Mt. Emei is one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. It is beautiful, old, shocking and mysterious. The Golden Summit of it is a perfect place to enjoy the sunrise, the sea of clouds, the "Buddhist lights" and "Sacred lamps". Baoguo Temple is located at the foot of Mt. Emei, which is the largest temple of Mt. Emei. It is a magnificent construction with a series of four temple halls. Wannian Temple was originally built in 420 in Eastern Jin Dynasty, containing the temple gate, Maitreya Hall, Brick Hall, Grand Hall and so on. After the whole day visiting, you will be transferred to Chengdu.

Day 4 Chengdu/ Beijing (B/L)

Begin today’s exciting trip by visiting Panda Breeding and Research Center (located 10km away from downtown Chengdu), giant pandas’ home. Enjoy the happy time for visiting the nursery to see breeding program and bamboo groves, view the pandas making fun and having rest. Transfer to airport and fly to Beijing. Own arrangement in Beijing.

Notes:

1.      Please wear comfortable shoes for hiking.

2.      Because of the cold weather on the top of the mountain, put on more clothes for climbing.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2045USD2035USD1943--
2-3 personsUSD1448USD1441USD1397USD150/150/105
4-5 personsUSD1349USD1342USD1298USD150/150/105
6-9 personsUSD1243USD1238USD1198USD150/150/105
6-9 personsUSD1243USD1238USD1198USD150/150/105
Hotel in Chengdu 5* Tianyi International Hotel4* Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel3* Sichuan Civil Aviation Hotel 
Hotel in Emeishan5* Century Sunshine Hotel4* Emeishan Grand Hotel3* Emeishan Grand Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2205USD2071USD1985--
2-3 personsUSD1529USD1461USD1403USD229/163/108
4-5 personsUSD1428USD1362USD1304USD229/163/108
6-9 personsUSD1320USD1252USD1194USD229/163/108
Hotel in Chengdu 5* Tianyi International Hotel4* Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel3* Sichuan Civil Aviation Hotel 
Hotel in Emeishan 5* Century Sunshine Hotel4* Emeishan Grand Hotel3* Emeishan Grand 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, Chengdu to Beijing.
2.3 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.
7. Cable car

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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