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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One Day Imperial City Bike Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-BT02
  • Attractions: Tiananmen Gate, Forbidden City, National Theatre, Beihai Park
  • Location: downtown Beijing
  • Distance: cycling distance is 16 km
  • Tour type: join-in small group tour
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: none
  • Price: from USD51 per person
Tour Itinerary

Beihai Park,BeijingThe total distance of this 3-hour Imperial City Tour is around 16 km (10 miles). Start the tour at Donghuangchenggen Street to the east of Forbidden City. Highlights of this cycling tour includes:

1. Tiananmen Gate or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the political symbol of People’s Republic of China.

2. Forbidden City, the royal palace in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1369-1911).

3. National Theatre, colloquially the Egg, Beijing’s latest Opera House.

4. Zhongnanhai, the central headquarters for the ruling Communist Party and the State Council.

5. Beihai Park, a grand imperial garden integrating palaces and natural scenery in harmony.

Temple of Heaven,Beijing6. The Great Hall of the People where important political activities like national conferences are conducted.

7. Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, as large as 90 American football fields.

8. Temple of Heaven (Altar of Heaven) where the God of Heaven was worshipped by the Ming and Qing Emperors.

9. Beijing City Wall Relics. Most parts of the wall have collapsed or been destroyed.


Due to time constraints, we have only exterior view of the sites mentioned above.

Your group size1 person2-3 persons4-5 persons6-9 persons10 or more
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Bikes, helmets and accessories
2. Experienced English speaking guide
3. A bottle of water

Price excludes:
1. Gratuities to the tour guide
2. Entrance fee for sightseeing

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