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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3 days Beijing-Jinan-Taishan-Qufu-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJTS01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD425 per person
Special Features:

Hike one of China?? four most famed mountain-Mt. Taishan; Visit hometown of the great Chinese thinker Confucius; Have a glimpse of Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province; Roundtrips by express train.

Tour Itinerary

Dai Temple,TaianDay 1 Beijing/Jinan/Tai’an (L)

You will be met by our Beijing local tour guide at your hotel and then transferred to the South Railway Station for the high speed train to Jinan. Met at Jinan train station and transferred to admire the natural springs at Baotu Spring Park. Then drive to Tai’an city to visit Dai Temple at the southern foot of Mt. Tai. Stay one night in Tai’an.

Baotu Spring, also known as Jet Spring or Spurting Spring, is the most renowned of the over 70 springs in Baotu Spring Park. It is regarded as the Number One Spring under the Heaven.

Daimiao (Dai Temple), located at the foot of Mt. Taishan, was where the emperors of ancient China made sacrifice to the God of the mountain. The huge Tiankuang Hall (Hall of Heavenly Blessings) is one of the largest of its type in China. The forest of stone tablets with inscriptions is also attracting visitors who are interested in Chinese calligraphy.

Taishan Mountain,TaianDay 2 Mt. Taishan Tour (B/L)

Full day tour to visit the Taishan Mountain. We take the transfer bus and cable car to get up and down the mountain. After today’s hiking, drive one hour to the hometown of Confucius - Qufu.

Mt. Taishan is noted for both its cultural and natural sites. It is regarded as the most magnificent one of China’s Five Sacred Mountains. In ancient times, totally 72 emperors make pilgrimage to Taishan to worship the god of heaven and earth. In 1987, Taishan was listed as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Day 03: Qufu/Beijing by high speed train (B/L)

Today’s sightseeing includes Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and Confucius Family Graveyard. Take evening express train back to Beijing. Get back to hotel on your own.

Confucius Mansion,BeijingThe complex of Confucius Temple (Kong Miao) were used to worship and offer sacrifice to Confucius. It is the second largest historical building complex in China, just after the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Located just to the east of Confucius Temple is the Confucius Mansion (Kong Fu), the residence of direct descendants of Confucius. Like most Chinese mansions, the front part is official rooms and the rear part is the residential quarter.

Confucius Family Graveyard is the largest family cemetery with about 3,600 tombstones erected in the area. It’s densely covered with cypresses and pine trees, just like a forest.

Notes:

1. Please be equipped with walking boots.

2. Best time to visit Mt. Taishan is April - November.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1132USD1115USD1064----
2-3 personsUSD700USD691USD666USD92/83/58
4-5 personsUSD512USD503USD478USD92/83/58
6-9 personsUSD459USD449USD425USD92/83/58
Tai??n HotelRamada hotelRegente Palace HotelTaishan international hotel 
Qufu HotelQueli hotelQueli hotelQueli hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1305USD1270USD1218----
2-3 personsUSD744USD726USD701USD101/83/58
4-5 personsUSD549USD532USD506USD101/83/58
6-9 personsUSD549USD532USD449USD101/83/58
Tai??n HotelRamada hotelRegente Palace HotelTaishan international hotel 
Qufu HotelQueli hotelQueli hotelQueli hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Tai??n, Qufu and pick up car transfer from hotel to railway station in Beijing.
2. Two nights accommodation as specified in the itinerary with private facilities.
3. Chinese meals as listed B=Breakfast L=Lunch.
4. Entrance fees as listed.
5. English speaking tour guide.
6. Soft seat 2nd Class train ticket from Beijing to Tai??n and Qufu to Beijing.

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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