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.


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3 Days Beijing-Luoyang Tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJLY01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD330 per person
Special Features:

Roundtrip by soft sleeper train; visit Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Chan Buddhism; explore Longmen Grottoes with numerous stupas and pagodas; visit White Horse Temple which is said to be the first Buddhist Temple.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Luoyang

Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to Beijing West Railway Station for overnight train to Luoyang.

White Horse Temole,LuoyangDay 2 Luoyang (B/L)

On arrival in the morning, you will be met in the railway station and transferred to hotel for breakfast and short rest before visiting world-famous Longmen Grottoes which has been a treasure house of wide collection of Buddhist arts. After lunch, head for White Horse Temple for a visit. Transfer back to hotel for 2 nights stay.

Longmen Grottoes are located 12 kilometres south of Luoyang City. The earliest creation of grottoes traced back to 493AD and the large scale construction took more than 400 years to complete. The total number of statues is over 100,000 and there are approximately 2500 stupas and 60 pagodas standing on both sides of Yi River. In 2000, Longmen Grottoes was listed as the World Cultural Heritage site.

White Horse Temple lies about 12 kilometres east of old town of Luoyang. It was founded in 68AD of Eastern Han Dynasty and it was the first Buddhist temple ever built in China after Buddhism being introduced into China. The temple is said to be named after the white horse that carried the Buddhist Sutra of Forty-two Chapters from India to China more than 1900 years ago.

Shaolin Temple,LuoyangDay 3 Luoyang/Beijing (B/L)

Meet up in hotel lobby in the morning for a half day trip to Shaolin Temple where is believed to be the birthplace of Shaolin Division of Martial Arts. You will also enjoy the 40-mintute martial arts performance in the temple. Afternoon transfer back to Luoyang for overnight train back to Beijing. Our service end of here.

Shaolin Temple lies about 13 kilometres northwest of Dengfeng city of Henan Province. It was founded in 495AD of Northern Wei Dynasty and it was originally built for Fotuo or Buddhabhadra, an Indian Dhyana master coming to China to spread Buddhism in 5th century. Shaolin Temple was the birthplace of Chan Buddhistm and it’s Sangha was closely related to martial arts which has made the temple the most famous one in the western world. In 2010, together with it’s Pogoda Forest, Shaolin Temple was included into the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritages.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD718USD641USD623--
2-3 personsUSD493USD402USD446USD83/43/35
4-5 personsUSD467USD428USD420USD83/43/35
6-9 personsUSD378USD339USD330USD83/43/35
HotelsLee Royal hotel Mu DuLuoyang Peony HotelLuoyang Guohao hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD729USD652USD634--
2-3 personsUSD499USD460USD454USD88/49/40
4-5 personsUSD472USD434USD425USD88/49/40
6-9 personsUSD383USD345USD336USD88/49/40
HotelsLee Royal hotel Mu DuLuoyang Peony Hotel Luoyang Guohao hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in China and round trip overnight soft sleeper train Beijing/Luoyang/Beijing
2. One night accommodation in Luoyang 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

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.
4. Transfer cart in Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin temple.

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