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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Beijing-Pingyao One Day Tour by Train
  • Tour Code: BJPY01
  • Attractions: Pingyao Ancient City, Ancient City Wall, Rishengchang Private Bank, Ming Qing Street.
  • Location: Shanxi Province
  • Distance: 600 km from Beijing
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD200 per person
Tour Itinerary

Ancient City Wall,PinyaoBeijing/Taiyuan/Pingyao/Taiyuan/Beijing (L)

Morning pick-up at hotel and transfer to the railway station for the train to Taiyuan. We will arrange first-class seat on D2001 (07:21-11:10). Our experienced guide will greet you at Taiyuan railway station. Drive to the ancient city Pingyao, about 1.5-2 hours.

Start your wonderful trip in World Heritage Site Pingyao. We first visit the Ancient City Wall, the symbol of the great magnificence of the ancient culture city of Pingyao. This defensive wall measures 6 km in length with 6 barbican gates. The wall is surrounded by a 4-meter-wide moat.

Then we have an insight of ancient China banking system at Rishengchang Private Bank. Also known as Rishengchang Exchange Shop, Rishengchang was the earliest financial institution providing money transfers, deposits and loans services. During its peak time, it owned 57 branches throughout the country and several offices in other Asian countries.

Minqing Street,PinyaoStroll in the Ming Qing Street which is deemed the Wall Street of Ancient China. The street was lined with shops built in the 17-19th century. When rambling around this street, it’s like that we were living in the past times.

Transfer to Taiyuan railway station and take train D2016 (19:42-23:19) back to Beijing. Get back to your hotel by yourself.

Notes:

1. Usually we should get to the railway station at least 40 minutes before departure time.

2. Distance: Taiyuan-Pingyao 80kms/50miles.

Prices
Your group size1 person2-3 persons4-5 persons6-9 persons10 or more
PriceUSD413USD299USD285USD232USD200
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Taiyuan(Pingyao)and pick up at your hotel in Beijing
2. Entrance fee
3. Chinese lunch
4. Your personal tour guide and driver
5. Beijing-Taiyuan(Pingyao)-Beijing High Speed Train

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver
2. Beijing West Railway Station to your hotel transfer in the evening.
3. Other personal expenses.

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