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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Beijing-Xian Day Trip by flight
  • Tour Code: BJXA01
  • Attractions: Terracotta Army,Xian Ancient City Wall
  • Location: Xian
  • Distance: 2 hours by flight,11-13 hours by train
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: around 16 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: lunch
  • Price: from USD494 per person
Tour Itinerary

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, XianOur guide and driver pick you up at your hotel in early morning and transfer to Beijing Capital Airport. Fly to Xian and arrive in Xian 2 hours later. Usually the flight provides simple breakfast.

Your guide in Xian will greet you at Xian International Airport with a name board. Today’s first stop is the Ancient City Wall. Xian City Wall is one of China’s best preserved city walls. The present wall was built at the beginning of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for military defense use and repaired in later years. The wall has a total length of around 14 kilometers.

After Chinese lunch, drive to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses which is 45km from city center. The Terracotta Army was one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century. The warriors and horses served as guardians for China’s first emperor – Emperor Qinshihuang. Today it is a must-see of your China tour.

After the visit, drive to the airport and fly back to Beijing. Meet at the airport and transfer back to your hotel.

Notes:

1. If times allows and weather permits, a bicycle tour on the City Wall is lots of fun. Bicycle rental is excluded in the tour cost.

2. It’s a very long distance from the parking lot to the entrance of Terracotta Army, please wear comfortable shoes.

Prices
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*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 Beijing and Xi??n, including internal
flights from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Beijing with all airport taxes.
2. English speaking guide.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, L=Lunch.
4. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.

Price excludes:
1. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
2. Other personal expenses.

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