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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Ming Tombs and Mutianyu Great Wall Day Trip
  • Tour Code: BJ-GW04
  • Attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Dingling of Ming Tombs
  • Location: Huairou and Changping District, Beijing
  • Distance: 90 km from downtown
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD79 per person
Tour Itinerary

Dingling Underground Palace,BeijingYou are met at your hotel at the appointed time and transferred to Dingling Underground Palace of Ming Tombs for a 1.5 hours visit there.

Have lunch afterwards.

Continue your trip to Mutianyu Great Wall which is a 40 minutes drive; then you will have 2 hours hiking on the Great Wall (cable car is optional);

Transfer back to your city center hotel.

Notes:

1.      Choose comfortable footwear for hiking.

2.      Wear sun protection in summer and dress properly for the low temperature in winter.

Mutianyu Great Wall,BeijingThe Ming Tombs are located in the suburb of Beijing, about 33 miles north of downtown. It is also known as the “Thirteen Ming Tombs” because totally 13 Ming emperors were buried in this area. The site was chosen according to Chinese feng shui principles. The tombs were designed as magnificent as the imperial palace as it was believed that after death the soul lives on.

Among the 13 tombs, Dingling is the only one which has been excavated. Unfortunately, many precious artifacts unearthed from the tomb were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. Nowadays Dingling is a museum with an underground palace and two exhibition rooms displaying objects unearthed from the tomb.

Mutianyu Great Wall is about 80 kilometers from city center. The wall was first built about 1,500 years ago and was rebuilt at the beginning of Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) to strengthen its defensive function. Special features are the battlements on both sides and the connecting walls. Over ninety percent of this area is covered by pines, cypresses and groves. A beautiful landscape in each season is guaranteed.

Prices
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PriceUSD330USD182USD116USD91USD79
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Air conditioned vehicle
2. Chinese lunch
3. Entrance fees
4. English Speaking tour guide

Price excludes:
1. Cable car
2. Tips to guide and driver

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