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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5 days Beijing-Guilin-Longsheng-Sanjiang-Yangshuo Tour
  • Tour Code: BJGL04
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1224 per person
Special Features:

Hike to the mountain top to view the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces; Take a 4 hours Li River cruise through breath-taking idyllic landscape; Ride bike through Yangshuo?? karst scenery; Visit the Dong village in Sanjiang.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Guilin (D)

Fubo Hill,GuilinPick up from downtown hotel in Beijing and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. After lunch visit the symbolic Elephant Hill Park and the Fubo Hill where you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city after minutes climb.

Day 2 Guilin-Longji-Sanjiang (B/L/D)

Morning at 8am, meet at your guide and driver at the hotel and drive about 2.5 hours to the north Guilin’s country view, rice fields, orchards, villages and mountains. When you arrive at the top car park, you need to walk up to the Ping’an Village and view spots to enjoy the view of north Yao Nationality, their unique wooden village and the amazing rice terraces. After lunch and a short break after that, you will need to start to come down to the car park and be transferred to Sanjiang County before it gets dark.

Dradon Backbone Rice Terraces,GuilinThe Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces (Longji Terraced Fields) are mountainside fields terraced for agricultural use. The terraces in Longsheng resemble a dragon’s scales, while the mountain ridges are like the backbone, hence its name. To see the full view, visitors have to hike to the mountain top. This area is inhabited by the Yao and Zhuang People for hundreds of years. It’s a good chance to know more about the culture of ethnic groups.

Day 3 Sanjiang-Guilin (B/L/D)

This morning you are taken to the Chengyang Bridge area where you meet the ethnic Dong people and their villages, wind & rain bridges, water-wheels, drum towers and hospitality. After lunch at the village, you will be transferred back to Guilin by road.

Day 4 Guilin-Yangshuo (B/L/D)

Chengyang Bridge,GuilinYou are picked up in the morning at the lobby by your local guide and transferred to the Wharf for the 4-hour picturesque Li River cruise. Disembark in Yangshuo and check into your hotel in Yangshuo. Afternoon you are free to explore the lively West Street and this evening you may take an optional performance of Impression of Liu Sanjie directed by Zhang Yimou.

Li River is the centerpiece of this trip. It is flanked with elegant hills, peaceful fields and farms with water buffalos and cows wandering around. Also, lots of tourist sites scatter along the river. Yangshuo is a hot travel destination for western backpackers. It is situated beside and Li River and is surrounded by karst peaks. It’s a foremost venue for biking.

Day 5 Guilin/Beijing (B)

Drive back to Guilin and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Beijing. Transfer back to the city center hotel upon your arrival in Beijing.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2316USD2167USD2118--
2-3 personsUSD1546USD1463USD1441USD220/139/116
4-5 personsUSD1428USD1348USD1326USD220/139/116
6-9 personsUSD1327USD1246USD1224USD220/139/116
Guilin HotelWaterfall HotelGuilin Park HotelUniversal Hotel 
Sajiang HotelFengyuqiao International HotelFengyuqiao International HotelFengyuqiao International Hotel 
Yangshuo HotelMountain RetreatTangrenjie HotelRegency Holiday Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2473USD2255USD2165--
2-3 personsUSD1617USD1507USD1463USD292/183/138
4-5 personsUSD1500USD1392USD1348USD292/183/138
6-9 personsUSD1399USD1291USD1243USD292/183/138
Guilin HotelWaterfall HotelGuilin Park HotelUniversal Hotel 
Sajiang HotelFengyuqiao International HotelFengyuqiao International HotelFengyuqiao International Hotel 
Yangshuo HotelMountain RetreatTangrenjie HotelRegency Holiday 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 in China, including internal flights from Beijing to Guilin, Guilin to Beijing.
2. 4 nights accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Longsheng, Sanjiang, Guilin and Yangshuo
5. Pick up and drop off between hotel and airport transfers in Beijing with guide.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
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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