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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4 Days Inner Mongolia Grasslands and Desert Tour
  • Tour Code: BJHH02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: from May to October
  • Price: from USD368 per person
Special Features:

Beijing-Hohhot roundtrip by soft-sleeper train; experience Mongolian life in a local family; try horse-riding or archery; see desertscape at Resonant Sand Bay.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Hohhot

You will be met by our local guide at your hotel and then transferred to the railway station for soft-sleeper train to Hohhot. Overnight on the train.

Xilamuren Grassland,HuhhotDay 2 Xilamuren Grassland Tour (B/L/D)

Upon arrival in the morning, you will be greeted by our local tour guide and transferred for breakfast. Then drive 1.5 hours to Xilamuren grassland which means "yellow water" in Mongolian. At lunch sample the famous local specialty finger-mutton. Then you can try horse-riding (at your own expense) on the grassland. Watch horse racing, wrestling and archery which are commonly known as the Three Arts of Mongolian men. At dinner, you have chance to experience the custom of Mongolian toast ceremony. Watch the Mongolian songs and dances performance at the bonfire party in the evening.

Day 03: Kubuqi Desert Tour (B/L/D)

See the grassland sunrise in the morning. Then drive 4 hours to Ordos city to visit the Resonant Sand Bay of Kubuqi desert, the 7th largest desert in China. En route we pass the Yellow River Bridge. Upon arrival, enter the hinterland of the desert by dune buggies. Go camel-riding on the sand and sand sliding (at own expenses). Get back to Hohhot and transfer to the railway station for your overnight train back Beijing (soft-sleeper).

Resonant Sand Bay,HuhhotWhen it's dry, the dunes at Resonant Sand Bay make a sound when you slide down from the top, hence its name. You can ride a camel into the vast desert or slide down the dune slopes. Other activities include paragliding, surf riding and karting.

Day 04: Back in Beijing

Arrive Beijing in early morning and transfer to your hotel

Notes:

1. The Mongolian Nadaam Fair starts annually on July 25. The peak season of the grassland tour is July and August when the pastures are in their best condition.

2. Please wear proper clothes for activities on the grassland.

3. Wear sun protection in case of strong ultraviolet rays.

Prices

May. 1 - Oct. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD970USD955USD955--
2-3 personsUSD567USD565USD565USD33/26
4-5 personsUSD432USD425USD425USD33/26
6-9 personsUSD373USD368USD368USD33/26
HotelsChariot YurtDeluxe YurtDeluxe Yurt 
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
2. Private English-speaking tour guide in Beijing and Inner Mongolia
3. Entrance fees
4. Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle in Inner Mongolia and car transfer between hotel and railway station.
5. One night accommodation with breakfast
6. Roundtrip soft-sleeper train tickets

Price excludes:
1. Tips to the guide and the driver
2. Personal expenses

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