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 Xian Tour with Huashan (Roundtrip flights)
  • Tour Code: BJXA04
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD709 per person
Special Features:

3 days Xian tour to see the essence of this city; Visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a lifetime memory; Hike the precipitous Huashan Mountain; Learn more of Shaanxi history in the provincial museum.

Tour Itinerary

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses,XianDay 1 Beijing/Xian by flight (L)

Meet at your city center hotel in Beijing and transfer to the airport for morning flight to Xian. You are welcomed at Xian airport by our experienced local tour guide. Drive to Xian city for lunch. Then move on to see the great archeological discovery the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Stay 2 nights in Xian.

The Terracotta Army is one of the eight world wonders. These terracotta sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses were constructed and placed in the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, to guard him in his afterlife. All figures are in life-size, but vary in height, uniform, hairstyle and facial expression. We will also visit the Hall of Bronze Chariots.

Mt. Huashan,XianDay 2 Huashan Day Tour (B/L)

Full day tour to Mt. Huashan. Set off early in the morning and drive 1.5 hours to the mountain. Take cable car up and explore its unbelievably precipitous peaks. Transfer to your hotel after today’s tour.

Huashan is well-known for its breath-taking cliffs, steep paths and Taoist relics dotting on the mountain. It has 5 major peaks, North, South, East, West and Middle Peaks. The North Peak is like a flat terrace in the clouds; South Peak is the highest one with an elevation of 2154 meters; East Peak is where visitors watch sunrise; West Peak is known as the Lotus Peak with numerous folk legends; and Middle Peak is known for the tales of Jade Maiden.

Day 3 Fly back to Beijing B/L

Xian city tour to Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Little Wild Goose Pagoda, and stroll in the Muslim Quarter. Fly to Beijing and transfer back to hotel.

Little Wild Goose Pagoda,Xian (The History Museum is closed on Monday. We will then visit the Great Mosque instead.)

Xian City Wall is one of China’s best preserved city walls. The present wall was constructed in early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to defend the city and repaired in later years. The perimeter of the wall is 14 kilometers.

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is a treasure house of historical relics excavated in the province. The Little Wild Pagoda was built in early Tang Dynasty. It underwent several earthquakes in history, but still remains intact. The Great Mosque in Muslim quarter is a Chinese style Islamic mosque. It’s still in use today.

 

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1273USD1180USD1137--
2-3 personsUSD933USD886USD865USD120/74/54
4-5 personsUSD817USD770USD748USD120/74/54
6-9 personsUSD777USD730USD709USD120/74/54
Hotel5*Grand Park Hotel4*Le Garden Hotel3*Melody Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1380USD1209USD1166--
2-3 personsUSD997USD912USD890USD161/79/58
4-5 personsUSD880USD796USD774USD161/79/58
6-9 personsUSD840USD755USD734USD161/79/58
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. 2 nights accommodation with private facilities.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
4. English speaking guide in Xi??n
5. Hotel and Airport transfers in Beijing with tour guide.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
7. All airport taxes.
8. Transfer cart in Huashan

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.
4. Cable Car

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