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-Lijiang Package Tour
  • Tour Code: BJLJ03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1463 per person
Special Features:

Visit the World UNESCO Lijiang Ancient Town; visit the old town and enjoy the relaxed time; trek on the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Tour Itinerary

Lijiang Ancient Town,LijiangDay 1 Beijing/Lijiang

Meet at your hotel in Beijing and transfer to the airport for the flight to Lijiang. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our local guide and transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time. Three nights stay in Lijiang.

Lijiang Ancient Town is a mountain town of stone and tile, laced with canals and lanes, which has been listed as an UNESCO world monument. Unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city wall due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged). In the evening, at the central square of the old town, people gathered around a bonfire, dancing and smiling. You should not miss the carnival!

Day 2 Lijiang (B/L/D)

Day tour to visit the Shuhe Old Town, which is the relic of the Tea-Horse Trading Caravan from bank of Mekong River to India via Tibet. Then visit the Baisha Frescos and the Former Residence of Joseph Rock which is the Austro-American botanist and explorer who lived here from 1922 to 1949, introduce innumerable plant species to the West and completing rigorous works on Naxi ethnology.

Black Dragon Pool,LijiangDay 3 Lijiang (B/L/D)

Visit Yak Meadow of Jade Dragon Mountain (by chairlift to the top which is 4300m above sea level), Yufeng Monastery, and residential house of Dr.Joseph Rock. In the afternoon, visit Black Dragon Pool.

Day 4 Lijiang/Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (B/L/D)

Drive for 2 hours from Lijiang to Qiaotou. Pick up your pony to carry your luggage if required and start your 6-hour’s trek with a stop at Naxi Family Guesthouse for lunch. Trekking in the morning is relatively easy with attractive views of forest and farmland. While the challenging part comes after lunch with “28 bends” to the highest point of the trek for distant view of gushing river deep below and Jade Dagon Snow Mountain.

Day 5 Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek / Daju /Lijiang (B/L)

Today, you may choose from a 5.5-hour’s Trek to Daju, along which, you will take a ferry for a short distance. Farmland and local villages are along the way. Take your car back to Lijiang from Daju. Lunch is included.

Day 6: Lijiang Departure (B)

Transfer from Lijiang hotel to the flight back to Beijing. On arrival, transfer back to your city center hotel. Service is finished.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2480USD2302USD2235--
2-3 personsUSD1797USD1708USD1674USD267/179/145
4-5 personsUSD1788USD1710USD1665USD267/179/145
6-9 personsUSD1586USD1496USD1463USD267/179/145
Hotel5*Guanfang Hotel3*Sanhe Hotel Old Tea Horse Guesthouse 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2501USD2334USD2258--
2-3 personsUSD1807USD1725USD1685USD278/196/157
4-5 personsUSD1800USD1716USD1678USD278/196/157
6-9 personsUSD1595USD1514USD1473USD278/196/157
Hotels    
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Internal flights from Beijing to Lijiang and Lijiang to Beijing (economic class).
2. All domestic airport taxes
3. 5 nights' accommodation (on sharing twin basis) with daily breakfast in hotels stated in the itinerary
4. Private car transfer in Lijiang and round trip hotel/airport in Beijing.
5. Entrance fees for the attractions mentioned in the itinerary
6. English speaking local guide
7. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Price excludes:
1. Personal expenses as laundry, mini bar, etc.
2. Tips to guide, driver or luggage porter
3. Insurance
4. Other personal expenses.

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