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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5 days Beijing-Xiamen-Wuyishan-Beijing Tour
  • Tour Code: BJXM02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1201 per person
Special Features:

Escape from the bustle and hustle in big cities to the traffic free Gulangyu Island,appreciate amazing Buddhist cultural relics in Nanputuo Temple, enjoy the spectacular scenery in Wuyi Mountain.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Xiamen

Morning pick up at hotel and transfer to airport to catch the flight to Xiamen. Upon arrival be met by our guide & driver. You are transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to have a rest and see the city.

Day 2 Xiamen (B/L)

The whole day trip begins with a visit to Hulishan Fortress. Have a view of the ancient military relics, such as emplacement, barracks, castle, trench and firelocks. Then head for South Putuo Temple. Move on to Jimei School Village and Kah-kee Park. View various kinds of schools in the gentle sea breeze. Transfer back to your hotel.

South Putuo Temple, XiamenLocated in the southwest of Xiaman, Hulishan Fortress was built in 1891. The architecture in there are mainly integrated the style in Ming and Qing Dynasty and the style from Europe. The most famous cannons in Hulishan Fortress are the biggest and smallest cannons in the world.

As one of the most important and famous temple in Xiamen, South Putuo temple is located at the foot of Wulao Peak. There is a rich collection of Buddhist cultural relics in the temple, such as a Burmese jade carving of the Buddha, some important Buddhist texts. The well-preserved religious architectures are also an ideal choice for the travelers.

Obtaining a good reputation oversea, Jimei School village was built by Mr. Tan Kah-kee in 1913. It gains the name as a place that collects all the beauties under heaven. It has a modern educational system from preschool to higher education with ten thousands of staff and students and 12 schools covering hundreds of thousands of square meters area.

Located at the north side of Turtle Garden, Kah-kee Park is a full display of the architectural style of Mr. Tan Kah-kee. Walking in the park, travelers could appreciate the traditional architectures, such as halls, pavilions and ponds. Mr. Tan Kah-kee’s contribution to education also fully demonstrates in the park.

Sunlight Rock, XiamenDay 3 Xiamen (B/L)

Take a ferry to Gulangyu which is regarded as an architecture museum. Catch a glimpse of the exotic buildings relaxing in the bright sunshine and fresh air. Climb to Sunlight Rock, the highest point of the Island, to have a panoramic view of the picturesque island. Go to Shuzhuang Garden which is sandwiched between ocean and cliff. Transfer back to your hotel.

Lies in the southwestern of Xiamen, Gulangyu is famous for the highest piano ownership in China and many famous pianists. The buildings on the island have a rich exotic features and visitors could appreciate different countries’ architectures without going out of island. The cozy and relaxing lifestyle on the island also attracts lots of people.

As the highest point of Gulangyu Island, Sunlight Rock has a height of around 93 meters. It gets the name because General Zheng Chenggong caught a glimpse of the bright sunshine there. Reaching the top, visitors could have a panoramic view of the whole island, the sea nearby.

Shuzhuang Garden was built around 1900 by Lin Erjia as a private villa. In the garden, visitors could admire the traditional Chinese garden like pavilions, bridges, lakes, towers and hills. The unique Piano Museum in the garden displays a full display of various kinds of pianos in the world.

Mount Wuyi, XiamenDay 4 Wuyishan (B/L)

Morning pick up at hotel and transfer to airport to catch the flight to Wuyishan. Upon arrival be met by our guide & driver. Have the whole day trip to the world natural and cultural heritage Mount Wuyi. Go downstream the Jiuqu River on the bamboo raft, appreciating the significant sceneries and plants along the river. Transfer back to your hotel.

Mount Wuyi is located in the northeast of Fujian, connecting Fujian Province and Jiangxi Province and covering the area of ten thousands sq.km. It has been listed as the Natural and Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The scenery in Wuyi Mountain is surprisingly amazing and spectacular and the cultural relics also attract lots of travelers.

Day 5 Wuyishan/Beijing (B/L)

Continue the exploring of Wuyishan. Reach the Tianyou Peak to get a panoramic view of the green mountains and clear Jiuqu River nearby. Weather permitting; visitors could also view the amazing sunrise and sea of clouds. Transfer to the airport after visiting and fly back to Beijing. Get back to your hotel at your own arrangement.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2431USD2254USD2121--
2-3 personsUSD1655USD1566USD1499USD266/178/113
4-5 personsUSD1450USD1362USD1296USD266/178/113
6-9 personsUSD1357USD1268USD1201USD266/178/113
Xiamen Hotels5*Xianglu Grand hotel4*Huaqiao hotel3*Gallery hotel 
Wuyishan Hotels5* Yeohwa Resort 4* Wuyi Sumin hotel 3* Wuyi Tea hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD2431USD2254USD2121--
2-3 personsUSD1655USD1566USD1499USD266/178/113
4-5 personsUSD1450USD1362USD1296USD266/178/113
6-9 personsUSD1357USD1268USD1201USD266/178/113
Xiamen Hotels5*Xianglu Grand hotel4*Huaqiao hotel3*Gallery hotel 
Wuyishan Hotels5* Yeohwa Resort  4* Wuyi Sumin hotel  3* Wuyi Tea hotel   
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast L=Lunch
2. Private English-speaking tour guide
3. Entrance fees
4. Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle in Xiamen and Wuyishan.
5. Four nights' accommodation with breakfasts
6. Domestic flights from Beijing to Xiamen, Xiamen to Wuyishan and Wuyishan to Beijing with all airport taxes
7. Pick up transfer form hotel to airport transfer in Beijing

Price excludes:
1. Tips to the guide and the driver
2. Airport to hotel transfer in Beijing

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