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 package tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJSH02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD396 per person
Special Features:

Experience high speed G train; visit the places of interest greeting visitors from all over the world.

Tour Itinerary

Shanghai Museum,ShanghaiDay 1 Beijing/Shanghai

Meet at your hotel in Beijing and transfer to the train station for the evening soft sleeper train from Beijing to Shanghai.

Day 2 Shanghai Arrival (L/D)

On arrival in Shanghai in the morning, meet and transfer to the hotel for a short rest and shower. Start the day tour to Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, and Yuyuan Garden.

As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Founded and first open to the public in 1952, the museum developed very quickly in aspects of acquisition, conservation, research, exhibition, education and cultural exchanges with other institutes. Its unique architectural form of a round top with a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese philosophy that the square earth is under the round sky, is a distinguished architectural combination of traditional feature and modern spirit. It extends warm welcome to the visitors from all over the world.

Jade Buddha Temple,ShanghaiLocated in the northwest part of Shanghai and tucked away amidst a jumble of charming turn of the century two-storey cottages and small glass office buildings, the Jade Buddha Temple is a spiritual oasis in the midst of a booming city. The heavily renovated temple was built with Song dynasty architecture in 1918 to house two legendary jade Buddha. Its mustard yellow outer walls are shrouded with bamboo scaffolding and lined with queues of tourists and worshippers alike. Devotees carry clusters of burning joss sticks and bow in front of the Hall of Heavenly Kings, a giant cavern that holds humbling statues of various golden and bearded arhats that tower over those who enter. Wander past the Grand Hall towards the back of the compound and follow the signs to the Abbott Room, where the jade Buddha’s resides.

Yu Garden was built by the Pan family, powerful officials of the Ming dynasty. Built between 1559 and 1577 as part of their estate, this typical southern style garden was destroyed several times and later restored to its former glory. One defining feature of southern gardens is the carefully created sense of space within small confines using narrow lanes, strategically placed partitions and windows that provide frames for portrait views. One of its more alluring displays is a naturally hollowed out jade boulder standing in front of a large hall, it's considered by experts to be an exquisite sample.

Nanjing Road,ShanghaiDay 3 Shanghai/Beijing (B/L)

Morning visit the Bund and Nanjing Road. After lunch, transfer to the train station for the return G train back to Beijing. On arrival, transfer back to your hotel in city center.

Shanghai's most famous thoroughfare, Nanjing Road spills from its eastern terminus on the Bund and past the People's Square to its western extreme by the newly remodeled Jing'an Temple. Divided into East, Middle and West sections, it's at times a pedestrian shopping street, a winding tree-lined road, and a modern thoroughfare cutting between some of Shanghai's most posh hotels.

Notes:

1.Please wear comfortable shoes/warm clothes in winter

2.You can add an extension tour to Suzhou to this tour with an extra price. Please customize this tour and let us know your requirements.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD816USD758USD744--
2-3 personsUSD546USD515USD509USD66/38/31
4-5 personsUSD459USD431USD425USD66/38/31
6-9 personsUSD432USD404USD396USD66/38/31
Hotels5* Shanghai Broadway Mansion 4*Ya fan Longmen Hotel 3* New Asia hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD860USD794USD762--
2-3 personsUSD567USD533USD519USD90/55/40
4-5 personsUSD480USD448USD434USD90/55/40
6-9 personsUSD454USD422USD405USD90/55/40
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 and car transfers between hotel and airport in Beijing.
2. Overnight soft sleeper train Beijing to Shanghai and G train second-class soft seat from Shanghai to Beijing.
3. 1 night 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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