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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Badaling Great Wall and Summer Palace Bus Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-CT05
  • Attractions: Badaling Great Wall, Summer Palace
  • Location: --
  • Distance: --
  • Tour type: join-in group tour
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: approx.8 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: --
  • Price: from USD37 per person
Tour Itinerary

Badaling Great Wall,Beijing*In the morning you are met at your hotel lobby between 7:00am and 8:30am. The guide will call your hotel room in the evening before the tour and confirm the exact pick-up time.

*Drive one hour to get to Badaling Great Wall for about 2 hours’ walk. The Great Wall was initially constructed to defend the Middle Kingdom from Mongolian tribes. Now it becomes one of the China’s iconic attractions. Badaling section is the most famous and best-preserved part of the Wall. The highest point of this section is some 800 meters above sea level. Cable car is available and it is optional.

*We have 45 minutes to visit a local Jade Carving Factory before lunch. We will have chance to see the whole process of jade carving.

Summer Palace,Beijing*Enjoy traditional Chinese lunch at Jindian restaurant. Then drive to the Summer Palace. It is situated in the northeast part of Beijing and covers an area of 290 hectares. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was where the emperors and concubines came to live and handle state affairs in summer. It is regarded as a museum of gardens in China.

*On the back way to hotels, you will have a chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional Medicicne Cultural. Then transferred back to your hotels.The Great Wall and Summer Palace bus tour ends here.

Special features of this tour:

1. Only English-speaking travelers in the air-conditioned coach;

2. Experienced English speaking tour guide.

Beijing will adopt traffic control measures in Chang’an Avenue area and other part of the Second Ring road since 27th Nov 2015. At some central hotels or in the narrow lanes, we may not be able to pick up and drop off. We could do the transportation as far as possible to guests hotels. Our company will try to reduce your inconvenience. Very sorry for the inconvenience and Thank you very much for your understanding!

Prices

Price includes:
Price is USD33 per person.

1. Entrance fee
2. Hotel pick-up and drop-off
3. Air-conditioned tour coach
4. English speaking tour guide
5. Typical Chinese lunch

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

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