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.


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Beijing Classical Night Walk
  • Tour Code: BJ-BT06
  • Attractions: Ancient Observatory, Arrow Tower, Ancient City Wall, Dongjiao Minxiang, Old Legation Quarter, Front Gate, Tiananmen Square, People?? Congress Hall, the National Theater
  • Location: city center
  • Distance: walking distance 8 km
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: None
  • Price: from USD14 per person
Tour Itinerary

Ancient City Wall, BeijingAt 0700pm we meet at the foot of Ancient Observatory outside of Jianguomen Station of Beijing Metro and start with our exciting night walk. Ancient Observatory was first built in 1442 and it was the astronomical observation centre in Beijing for about 500 years until 1929.

Then we walk 2.5 kilometres along the Ancient City Wall which was built 600 years ago and is the only section reserved of 48km Beijing City Wall being demolished in 1950s. We will pass through Arrow Gate in Dongbianmen, one of Beijing’s old nine inner city gates. Scrolling through the flower beds and lawns and we will be at Chongwenmen—the west end of Ancient City Wall ruins where we enter Dongjiao Minxiang.

Dongjiao Minxiang is the longest Hutong (Lane) in Beijing which first appeared in Beijing 740 years ago in Yuan Dynasty under the ruling of Mongolian emperors. After 1860 the Second Opium War, western diplomatic groups moved into the former princes residences in the lane and 40 years later, it was converted into Legation Street where lots of western style architectures were built.

Arrow Gate, BeijingContinue the walk, we will then visit Front Gate where used to the southern entrance to Tian’anmen Square the largest city square in the world. After the Square, we move on to People’s Congress Hall, built in 1959 where is the meeting hall for the Chinese congressmen twice a year.

Head to the west, we will stop at the National Centre for Performing Arts. Designed by French architect Paul Andreu, it is a new landmark of Beijing. The construction work started in December 2001 and completed in December 2007. It seats 5452 in three halls and hosts high level performances all year round. Our night walk finish here and you are free to arrange own transportation back to hotel. 

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*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
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Price excludes:
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2. Transportation cost

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