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 Hohhot Grasslands Tour
  • Tour Code: BJHH01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: from May to October (spring, summer and autumn)
  • Price: from USD338 per person
Special Features:

Visit one of the most famous grassland and the only one that is easily visited independently; visit the best preserved and largest Lamaism temple.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing/Hohhot

Transfer to the railway station for your overnight train to Hohhot. (Soft-sleeper)

Xilamuren Grassland,HuhhotDay 2: Hohhot/Xilamuren Grasslands (B+L+D)

Arrive Hohhot in early morning and transfer to the Xilamuren Grassland. After lunch, enjoy horse riding (at your own expenses), visit a local family and taste dairy product. In the evening, Mongolian dancing and singing performances are for you to learn more about Mongolian culture. Stay the night in the yurt.

Xilamuren Grassland is about 100km far from Hohhot on the northern part and this is one of the most famous grasslands and the only one that is easily visited independently. There is a magnificent lamasery by the Xilamuren River that used to be the summer palace of a living Buddha in the Qing Dynasty.

Day 3: Xilamuren Grasslands/Hohhot (B+L+D)

This morning is free for you to explore the grasslands by yourself. After lunch, transfer to Hohhot and visit Dazhao Temple and Five Pagoda Temple. Take overnight train back Beijing. (Soft-sleeper)

Dazhao Temple,HuhhotDazhao Temple is located in the old city of Hohhot. It was built in 1580 and expanded in the early years of the Qing Dynasty, the temple consists of many halls and a nine-room building; it contains many precious relics, including silver Buddhist statues and lions cast in iron.

Five Pagodas Temple is also known as the "Precious Pagoda of the Buddhist Relics of the Diamond Throne". It is a Buddhist temple in the city of Hohhot of Inner Mongolia in north-west China. It is located in the older part of the city in the vicinity of Qingcheng Park. It was first built in 1727 and the construction finished in 1732.

Day 4: Beijing

Arrive Beijing in early morning and transfer to your city center hotel.

Notes:

1. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

2. This tour is available from May to October.

Prices

May. 1 - Oct. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD868USD856USD856--
2-3 personsUSD512USD505USD505USD33/26
4-5 personsUSD402USD395USD395USD33/26
6-9 personsUSD145USD338USD338USD33/26
HotelsChariot YurtDeluxe YurtDeluxe Yurt 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
2. Private English-speaking tour guide in Beijing and Inner Mongolia
3. Entrance fees
4. Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle in Inner Mongolia and car transfer between hotel and railway station.
5. One night accommodation with breakfast
6. Roundtrip soft-sleeper train tickets

Price excludes:
1. Tips to the guide and the driver
2. Personal expenses

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