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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6 Days Beijing-Lhasa-Shigatze-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJLS03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1575 per person
Special Features:

Visit the UNESO Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka; Visit the oldest street in Lhasa; One the way from Lhasa to Shigatze, visit one of three holy lakes in Tibet.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Lhasa

Upon arrival in Lhasa, meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest day is at leisure to adjust altitude.

Potala Palace,LhasaDay 2 Lhasa (B/L/D)

We start today’s tour from Potala Palace – the home of the Dalai Lamas, which dates back to the 7th century and looms large over the city of Lhasa. It was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Then we move on to visit Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer palace. In the afternoon, we visit Jokhang Temple, the home of the most precious Buddha image the country possesses – the Sakyamuni Buddha. We also visit Barkhor Square in the centre of Lhasa to absorb the local culture.

Day 3 Lhasa (B/L/D)

Today we will visit the Drepung Monastery on the western outskirts of Lhasa. It was once the largest and the wealthiest in Tibet. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery, which was once rivaled to the Drepung. It was the first Gelugpa monastery in Lhasa and has remained the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since.

Yamdrok Lake,LhasaDay 4 Lhasa/Yomdrok Lake/Shigatze (B/L/D)

Car trip to Shigatze once rivaled Lhasa for the political and spiritual control of Tibet. On the way we will visit Kampala Pass, Yamdrok Lake and Gyantze Old City.

The Yamdrok Lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. It has an area of about 638 square kilometers with a length of 130 kilometers and a width of 70 kilometers. It is a deep lake with the average depth of 20-40 meters and the deepest place is about 60 meters below the surface. On arrival in Shigatze, free time to wander around the local market.

Day 5 Shigatze/Lhasa (B/L/D)

Morning visit the Tashihunpo Monastery which is one of the 6 big monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. The temple lies at the foot of Tara's Mountain, Shigatze.

It was first built in 1447 and was repaired and expanded by the Fourth Panchen Lamas. There are now nearly 800 lamas there. After lunch, transfer back to Lhasa for one more night stay.

Day 6 Lhasa/Beijing (B)

Transfer to the airport or train station for the departure flight/train back to Beijing. On arrival, at your own arrangement.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2604USD2590USD2444----
2-3 personsUSD1907USD1896USD1824USD225/220/159
4-5 personsUSD1763USD1756USD1682USD225/220/159
6-9 personsUSD1653USD1647USD1575USD225/220/159
Lhasa hotel5*Jardin Secret hotel4*Tibet hotel3*Yak hotel 
Shigatze hotel4*Shigatze hotel 3*Manarsarova Hotel3*Manarsarova Hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD4056USD3789USD3516----
2-3 personsUSD2535USD2497USD2361USD494/354/212
4-5 personsUSD2484USD2351USD2215USD494/354/212
6-9 personsUSD2219USD2084USD1949USD494/354/212
Lhasa hotel5*Jardin Secret hotel4*Tibet hotel3*Yak hotel 
Shigatze hotel4*Shigatze hotel3*Manarsarova Hotel 3*Manarsarova 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 Lhasa and Lhasa to Beijing.
2. 5 night accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Beijing and Lhasa.
5. Pick up transfer from hotel to airport transfer in Beijing.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
7. All airport taxes.
8. Tibet permit.

Price excludes:
1.Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
2.Airport-hotel transfer on Day 5.
3.Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
4.Other personal expenses.

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