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-Wolong Panda Center Tour
  • Tour Code: BJCD04
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: after the re-open of Wolong Natural Reserve (News said it will open at the end of 2012.) Before its opening, we visit Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
  • Price: from USD999 per person
Special Features:

See pandas at Wolong Natural Reserve or Bifengxia Panda Base; Pay visit to the tallest stone-carved Buddha in the world; Savor the original Chengdu leisure lifestyle.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Chengdu by flight

Transfer to the airport and take flight to Chengdu. You are warmly welcomed by our local tour guide and escorted to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Wolong Natural Reserve,ChengduDay 2 Wolong Natural Reserve Day Trip (B/L)

Drive to Wolong Natural Reserve which is around 140 km from Chengdu. See pandas at the Giant Panda Enclosure, and get further knowledge about this endangered species at the Giant Panda museum. Drive to Chengdu and drop off at your hotel.

Wolong National Natural Reserve is a sanctuary for pandas. It was the largest and best-known panda reserve before the earthquake in 2008 and housed over 150 giant pandas. Unfortunately the Panda Research Center was seriously damaged in the earthquake and the pandas were moved to Bifengxia Panda Base. After the repairs, these creatures will get back home.

Day 3 Leshan Giant Buddha day tour (B/L)

A full day trip to the Giant Buddha in Leshan, 160 km from Chengdu. Enjoy the scenery en route in our comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. A river cruise is included to see the Buddha from afar.

Giant Buddha in LeshanWith a height of 71 meters, Leshan Giant Buddha was carved out of a whole cliff in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is the tallest stone-carved Buddha in the world. The Buddha was constructed beside a river, because it was believed that the turbulent current in the river could be calmed in this way.

Day 4 Chengdu/Beijing (B/L)

Half day Chengdu city tour before being transferred to airport. Visit Dufu Thatched Cottage, Wangjiang Park, Wenshu Monastery, Jinli Ancient Street, Kuanzhai Lanes, and join in local people in a teahouse. Make your own way back to hotel after arrival.

Dufu Thatched Cottage is a peaceful museum in memory of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Dufu. Wangjiang Park, literally River View Tower, is dedicated to another Tang Dynasty poet Xue Tao. With rich cultural relics, fine gardens and solemn halls, Wenshu Monastery is a well-preserved Buddhist temple dedicated to the God of Wisdom.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1732USD1716USD1694--
2-3 personsUSD1293USD1276USD1254USD145/130/108
4-5 personsUSD1111USD1095USD1073USD145/130/108
6-9 personsUSD1037USD1023USD999USD145/130/108
Hotel in Chengdu5* Tianyi international Hotel4* Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel3* Sichuan Aviation Hotel 
Hotel in Ya'anMoonstar HotelMoonstar HotelMoonstar Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1803USD1729USD1703--
2-3 personsUSD1362USD1287USD1261USD215/143/116
4-5 personsUSD1183USD1111USD1084USD215/143/116
6-9 personsUSD1144USD1078USD1045USD215/143/116
Hotel in Chengdu5* Tianyi international Hotel4* Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel3* Sichuan Aviation Hotel 
Hotel in Ya'anMoonstar HotelMoonstar HotelMoonstar Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car transfer in Chengdu,Ya??n and leshan 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. Pick up from hotel to airport in Beijing.
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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