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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3 Days Chengdu Panda Volunteer Tour from Beijing
  • Tour Code: BJ-CD06
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD1000 per person
Special Features:

Experience to be a babysitter of lovely pandas in Bifengxia Panda Center; see the essence of Chengdu city; 3 days Beijing Chengdu tour to see pandas.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Chengdu (L)

Wenshu Temple,ChengduYou are met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for departure flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel for check in. Then you excited trip begins with visiting Wenshu Temple, the largest and best-preserved Zen Buddhism in Chengdu, whose history traces back to the Tang dynasty. It covers an area of 200, 000 square meters, and features six main halls situated along the middle axis, containing 200 statues of Buddha’s and Bodhisattvas cast in copper, iron, bronze, jade, gauze and clay, or engraved from wood and stone. After that, you could spend your leisure time sitting in the tea house and enjoying a cup of tea.

Day 2 Chengdu/Ya’an (B/L)

Bifengxia Panda Breeding Bentre,ChengduThe highlight of today is Bifengxia Panda Breeding Centre, home to over 80 of the endangered animal, and the largest panda breeding facility in Ya'an for bringing up the baby pandas and breeding, protecting this species and increasing the population. The centre composed of six zones including the feeding area, breeding area, research area, office area, bamboo area and living area. At present there are 12 baby pandas ranging from 5 months to 9 months living here.

Day 3 Ya’an/Chengdu/Beijing (B/L)

Today you will have a chance to be a panda volunteer in the panda breeding centre. You could clean the home of pandas and make a cleaner and better environment for them before your local guide escorts you back to Chengdu airport for your flight to Beijing. Ending your Chengdu panda trip!

Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1615USD1601USD1578----
2-3 personsUSD1183USD1175USD1165USD95/88/75
4-5 personsUSD1145USD1108USD1096USD95/88/75
6-9 personsUSD1019USD1010USD1010USD95/88/75
Chengdu Hotel5*TianYi International Hotel 4*Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel 3*Sichuan civil aviation Hotel  
Ya??n Hotel4*Moonstar hotel 4*Moonstar hotel 4*Moonstar hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD1692USD1619USD1592----
2-3 personsUSD1220USD1184USD1170USD134/97/83
4-5 personsUSD1152USD1117USD1103USD134/97/83
6-9 personsUSD1056USD1019USD1007USD134/97/83
Chengdu Hotel

5*TianYi International Hotel  

4*Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel  3*Sichuan civil aviation Hotel   
Ya??n Hotel4*Moonstar hotel  4*Moonstar hotel  4*Moonstar hotel   
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car transfer in Chengdu,Ya??n and transfers as mentioned above, including internal flights from Beijing to Chengdu, Chengdu 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 Chengdu.
5. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
6. Pick up from hotel to airport in Beijing.
7. 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.

Online Booking or Enquiry

To book or to enquire about this tour, please fill in the following form. Our travel consultants will get back to you within one working day. For urgent booking, please call us at 0086 10 64096031 or 0086 13521995912.

* Tour Code: BJ-CD06
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