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-Xian Tour by Flights
  • Tour Code: BJXA03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD620 per person
Special Features:

Roundtrip by flights; See the Eighth Wonder of the World - Terracotta Warriors and Horses; Visit the village of matriarchal society - Banpo Neolithic Village; Learn more of Shaanxi history in the provincial museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Tour Itinerary

Ancient City Wall,XianDay 1 Beijing/Xian by flight (L)

The transportation from your hotel to the airport is arranged by yourselves. (If you’d like us to arrange, please let us know. Our trip advisors will give you price details.)

Fly to Xian. The local tour guide will meet you at the airport. Drive to Xian city.

Visit Shaanxi History Museum. Shaanxi is one of the birthplaces of the earliest Chinese civilization. Most of the earliest dynasties have settled their capital in Shaanxi. This museum shows the rich cultural legacy of this area and how the civilization developed. The museum is closed on Monday. We will then visit the Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter instead. The construction and architectural style of the mosque is completely Chinese. Today it’s still in use by Muslims.

Have lunch and then tour the Ancient City Wall. It was rebuilt at the beginning of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) based on the imperial city wall of Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was used for military defense in the past.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda,XianToday’s last stop is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Originally it was used to keep Buddhism Books brought by Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang from India. Now the pagoda is one of Xian’s symbols.

Day 2 Xian/Beijing by flight (B/L)

Today’s wonderful trip begins with the Banpo Neolithic Village the history of which dated back to the matriarchal society of 6,000 years ago. Archeological research shows that Banpo belongs to Yangshao Culture that existed along the central Yellow River of China.

Then visit one of the eight world wonders - The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Visit Pit 1, Pit 2, Pit 3 and the exhibition hall of Bronze Chariots. The three pits cover an area of 20,000 square meters. The visit will be a lifetime memory for you.

See off at the airport and fly back to Beijing. Our service ends here.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD874USD830USD810--
2-3 personsUSD755USD709USD689USD60/38/28
4-5 personsUSD739USD657USD638USD60/38/28
6-9 personsUSD576USD640USD620USD60/38/28
Hotel5*Grand Park Hotel4*Le Garden Hotel 3*Melody Hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD927USD845USD825--
2-3 personsUSD807USD725USD706USD82/40/28
4-5 personsUSD752USD670USD651USD82/40/28
6-9 personsUSD737USD656USD636USD82/40/28
Hotel5*Grand Park Hotel4*Le Garden Hotel3*Melody Hotel  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including internal flights from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Beijing.
2. 1 night accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Xi??n.
5. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
6. All airport taxes.

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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