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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4 days Beijing-Datong-Beijing Tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJDT02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD438 per person
Special Features:

Beijing-Datong Roundtrip by daytime train; Two full days in Datong to immerse yourself in the culture of this city; Visit Yungang Grottoes - one of China?? three renowned Buddhist caves; Adventure in Hanging Monastery on a sheer precipice; View the tallest ancient wooden structure in China - Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County.

Tour Itinerary

Yugang Grottoes,DatongDay 1 Beijing/Datong

You are met at your city center hotel and transferred to the train station for the train to Datong. Arrive at Datong, you will be transferred to your hotel for three nights stay.

Day 2 Datong (B/L)

Day tour to visit the Yungang Grottoes, Nine Dragons Wall and Huayan Temple. Lunch is included.

Yungang Grottoes are meant to be viewed as a whole. This endeavor will take a few hours, but considering the carvings took almost half a century and 40,000 laborers to complete, the few hours spent exploring these majestic caves is time well-spent. Of the numerous artistic masterpieces that Buddhism has germinated in China in the past 2,000 years, the caves at Yungang are among the most profound.

Nine Dragon Wall, also known as Nine Dragons Screen in Datong was built 600 years ago which is 8-meter high, 2.02-miter thick and 45.5-meter long. The wall was used as the gate to avoid passers-by peeping into the yard according to Chinese Fengshui. The nine dragons are in different colors and have great artistic value.

Hanging Temple,DatongDay 3 Datong (B/L/D)

Depart this morning to see the Hanging Temple which is one hour’s drive from Datong city and Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County. Drive back to Datong for one more night stay.

The Hanging Temple is 65 km far away from Datong. The temple is an architectural wonder standing on a sheer precipice 50 meters above the ground. It’s very unique in China that the Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian elements are combined in one temple.

The Wooden Pagoda is the oldest and tallest wooden building in China. It was built completely of timber and the brackets are jointed only by tenors and mortises. You can find no nails or rivets at all. It shows very high level of craftsmanship in ancient China.

Day 4 Datong/Beijing (B)

Transfer to the train station for the train back to Beijing. On arrival, you will be transferred back to you city centre hotel.

Dec. 1 - February28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1073USD976USD976--
2-3 personsUSD655USD609USD609USD134/88/88
4-5 personsUSD648USD603USD603USD134/88/88
6-9 personsUSD487USD438USD438USD134/88/88
Datong Hotel Datong Holiday Inn Hotel Yungang International Hotel Yungang International Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1084USD990USD990--
2-3 personsUSD663USD647USD647USD141/93/93
4-5 personsUSD655USD608USD608USD141/93/93
6-9 personsUSD492USD456USD456USD141/93/93
Datong Hotel Datong Holiday Inn Hotel Yungang International Hotel Yungang International Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.
*Price is unvalid during public holidays, Yungang Tourism Festival and Pingyao Photography Festival.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Datong and car transfer between from hotel and railway station in Beijing.
2. Three nights accommodation in Datong as specified in the itinerary with private Facilities.
3. Entrance fee.
4. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. Your personal tour guide and driver.
6. Beijing-Datong-Beijing Soft sleeper train.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver.
2. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
3. Other personal expenses.

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To book or to enquire about this tour, please fill in the following form. Our travel consultants will get back to you within one working day. For urgent booking, please call us at 0086 10 64096031 or 0086 13521995912.

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