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-Shanghai-Suzhou-Beijing Tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJSH05
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD477 per person
Special Features:

Experience China?? latest high speed train ????the G trains; wander in the old area to see Shanghai?? past grandeur without missing its modern structures; extension tour to Suzhou, well-known for its gardens and silk.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Shanghai by express train

Meet at your city center hotel and transfer to the South Railway Station for the train to Shanghai. Second-class seat on a G train will be arranged. Lunch is on your own.

Shanghai Museum,ShanghaiUpon arrival, meet and transfer to visit the Shanghai Museum, a renowned museum dedicated to ancient Chinese art. Exhibits are displayed according to their types.  Stroll in Nanjing Pedestrain Street, Shanghai’s No. 1 shopping street with a length of 6 km. Wander around Xiantiandi entertainment district. Houses in Xintiandi area are traditional Shanghai Shikumen (stone gate) on narrow valleys. Here you will find numerous cafes, restaurants, book stores and shopping malls. After sightseeing in the Bund Area to have a glimpse of old Shanghai, transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai by car (B/L)

Full day Suzhou tour to see its gardens. We visit the largest Suzhou garden Humble Administrator’s Garden and the one with less people Master of the Nets Garden. After lunch, continue to take a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a local silk factory to learn how silk is produced. Transfer to hotel in Shanghai.

Humble Administrator’s Garden, Zhuozhengyuan in Chinese, is regarded as the finest private garden in China. It was listed as a world heritage site in 1997 along with other gardens in Suzhou. Master of the Nets Garden is a tiny one, but seems much larger due to its skillful design. The Grand Canal, running from Beijing to Hangzhou, is world’s longest man-made river.

Humble Administrator's Garden,ShanghaiDay 3 Shanghai/Beijing by express train (B/L)

Morning tour to the Yuyuan Garden and the old bazaar, also visit Jade Buddha Temple. Before transfer to the railway station to get back to Beijing, we take elevator to the observation deck of Jinmao Tower to have a bird’s eye view of the cosmopolitan Shanghai. After arrival in Beijing, make your own way back to hotel.

The architecture in Yuyuan Garden is much different from that of Suzhou gardens. It’s a quiet and peaceful place in the heart of Shanghai. Jade Buddha Temple is notable for its two jade Buddha statues, the sitting Buddha and reclining Buddha. The 421 meter high Jinmao Tower offers a chance to have a stunning panoramic view of the most developed area in Shanghai – the Lujiazui area.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1025USD909USD883--
2-3 personsUSD670USD611USD599USD134/75/63
4-5 personsUSD565USD509USD494USD134/75/63
6-9 personsUSD546USD489USD477USD134/75/63
Hotels5* Shanghai Broadway Mansion 4*Ya fan Longmen Hotel 3* New Asia hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1114USD981USD918--
2-3 personsUSD714USD647USD616USD179/110/81
4-5 personsUSD610USD544USD512USD179/110/81
6-9 personsUSD590USD524USD494USD179/110/81
Hotels5* Shanghai Broadway Mansion 4*Ya fan Longmen Hotel 3* New Asia hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car in Shanghai, Suzhou and pick up car transfers from hotel to airport in Beijing.
2. G train Second-class soft seat from Beijing to Shanghai and Shanghai to Beijing..
3. 2 nights accommodation with private facilities.
4. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. English speaking guide.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.

Price excludes:
1. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
2. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
3. Other personal expenses.

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