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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2 days Beijing-Shanghai-Zhujiajiao by train
  • Tour Code: BJSH03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD381 per person
Special Features:

Discover Yuyuan Garden, a pearl of classical gardens with a history of over 400 years;visit the very popular Buddhist temple among local people; sightseeing at the Bund area - the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years; relax in one of the most famous water towns near Shanghai??hujiajiao.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Shanghai

You are met at your hotel lobby and transferred to the train station for the morning train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local guide and then drive for the half day tour to Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and the bund.

Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden was first belonged to the Ming dynasty official with the family name Pan. But in later years it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. One of the features of the garden is created sense of space within small confines using narrow lanes and placed partitions and windows that provide frames for portrait views.

Jade Buddha Temple is one of the ten tourism sites of Shanghai and was called the silent & pure land of the downtown. There are two jade buddhas in the temple and they were part of magnificent five piece jade collected by a Chinese monk from Myanmar. They are the treasure of the temples now.

The bund as a major landscape of Shanghai is along the western bank of Huangpu River. Now the Bund is still a great place to view the Huangpu River's ship traffic. The Bund still remains Shanghai's number one tourist site and with all the things to see in Shanghai, this is the one that can't be missed.

Zhujiajiao Watertown,ShanghaiDay 2 Shanghai/Zhujiajiao/Beijing (B/L)

Car transfers from Shanghai to Zhujiajiao. On arrival, visit the Zhujiajiao Watertown, free time in the old town. You will take a short boat cruise on the river. After the tour, transfer back to Shanghai train station for the train back to Beijing. After arrival in Beijing, transportation is on your own arrangement.

Zhujiajiao Watertown with a hundred years history is about 48km from downtown Shanghai. It takes about 1.5 hours driving there from Shanghai. There are some attractions, such as Tongtianhe, the historic Post Office, Yuanjin Temple, Kezhi Garden etc. you will have a very relaxing time in the town.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD643USD613USD608--
2-3 personsUSD495USD468USD460USD69/37/31
4-5 personsUSD432USD404USD396USD69/37/31
6-9 personsUSD416USD388USD381USD69/37/31
Hotels5* Shanghai Broadway Mansion 4*Ya fan Longmen Hotel 3* New Asia hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD665USD631USD616--
2-3 personsUSD517USD486USD469USD90/55/42
4-5 personsUSD412USD383USD368USD90/55/42
6-9 personsUSD437USD405USD390USD90/55/42
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 pick up car transfers from hotel to railway station in Beijing.
2. G train Second-class soft seat from Beijing to Shanghai and 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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