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.


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4 days Beijing-Datong-Wutaishan-Beijing Tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJDT03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD510 per person
Special Features:

Exploring World Heritage Yungang Grottoes and its newly built museum; Climbing Mt Hengshan; Stepping on Hanging Temple built into the cliff; Leaving your prayers in Mt Wutaishan.

Tour Itinerary

Yugang Grottoes,DatongDay 1 Beijing/Datong (D)

Your English speaking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby in the morning and then drive to railway station for train to Datong. On arrival in Datong, you are met and transferred to Yungang Grottoes for a 2 hours visit.

Located about 16km southwest of Datong city, Yungang Grottoes is one of the most well-known Buddhist sculptural sites in China. It is composed of 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha statues and statuettes. The earliest caves with Buddhist statues were constructed in 5th century and as “a masterpiece of early Chinese Buddhist cave art,” Yungang Grottoes was approved by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage site. Back to Datong city, you will have dinner in a local restaurant before check in hotel for one night. 

Mt. Hengshan,DatongDay 2 Datong/Hanging Temple, Mt Hengshan/Mt Wutaishan (B/L/D)

You will check out early in the morning for a trip to Hanging Temple and Mt Hengshan.

Hanging Temple is built into a cliff 75 metres above the ground. It is located 65km away from Datong and its distinguished features lie in elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism appearing in just one temple site.

Mt. Hengshan covers an area of 147 square kilometers and is one of five sacred mountains in China. Its highest peak Heavenly Peak Ridge has an elevation of 2017 metres. For past 2000 years, Mt Hengshan is notable for its Taoist influence to whole northern China. In the afternoon you will continue the journey to Mt Wutaishan, being regarded as the place of practice for the Bodhisattva of wisdom, it is the home of 53 temples or monasteries and in 2009 they were listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Mt. Wutaishan,DatongVisit Zhenhai Monastery and Puhua Temple. Stay overnight in Mt Wutaishan.

Day 3 Mt Wutaishan/Datong/Beijing (B/L/D)

Continue your trip in Mt Wutaishan. Visit other major temples, such as Wanfo Ge, Suxiang Monastery and Xiaochaotai. In the afternoon, drive 2.5 hours back to Datong for 6-hour night train back to Beijing.

Day 4 Beijing (B)

Arrive in Beijing in early morning and get back to hotel by yourself.

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1221USD1078USD1078--
2-3 personsUSD748USD675USD675USD149/79/79
4-5 personsUSD732USD660USD660USD149/79/79
6-9 personsUSD583USD510USD510USD149/79/79
Datong HotelDatong Holiday Inn HotelYungang International HotelYungang International Hotel 
Wutaishan HotelYinhai HotelFlower Hill HotelFlower Hill Hotel 

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1241USD1098USD1098--
2-3 personsUSD758USD688USD688USD160/88/88
4-5 personsUSD748USD677USD677USD160/88/88
6-9 personsUSD592USD521USD521USD160/88/88
Datong HotelDatong Holiday Inn HotelYungang International HotelYungang International Hotel 
Wutaishan HotelYinhai HotelFlower Hill HotelFlower Hill Hotel 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.
*Price is unvalid during public holidays, Yungang Tourism Festival and Pingyao Photography Festival.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Datong, Mt Wutaishan and Pick up car transfer from hotel to railway station in Beijing.
2. Two nights accommodation in Datong and Mt Wutaishan as specified in the itinerary with private Facilities.
3. Entrance fee.
4. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. Your personal tour guide and driver.
6. Beijing-Datong-Beijing Soft sleeper train.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver.
2. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
3. Other personal expenses.

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