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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Jietai Temple & Tanzhe Temple Day Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-DT09
  • Attractions: Jietai Temple, Tanzhe Temple
  • Location: in the western hills of Beijing
  • Distance: 35 km from city center
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD58 per person
Tour Itinerary

You are met at your hotel at the appointed time and transferred to The Jietai Temple (about 1.5 hours drive from city center), which is famous for the ancient trees. After lunch, you will visit Tanzhe Temple (8km from Tanzhe Temple). As an old saying goes “First there was the Tanzhe Temple, and then came Beijing.” After ending your wonderful trip, you will be transferred back to your city center hotel.

Notes:

1. Wear comfortable clothes for hiking.

2. Wear sun protection in summer.

Jietaisi,BeijingThe construction of Jietai Buddhist Temple (Temple of the Ordination Altar) was completed 1400 years ago. It owns China’s largest marble ordination altar carved with different figures - monks, monsters and saints, hence the name. In addition, Jietai Temple is famous for its ancient pine trees. There are Nine-Dragon Pine, Sensitive Pine, Reclining Dragon Pine, Embracing Pagoda Pine and Carefree Pine. Among them, Nine-Dragon Pine is the oldest one and more than 1,300 years old. Sensitive Pine is well known because once the branch is touched, the whole tree will quiver. Emperor Qianlong spoke highly of it in a poem.

Tanzhe Temple (Temple of the Pool and Mulberry) was built during the Jin Dynasty (265-420) and served as the largest architectural complex of the old temples. It is said there were 999 and a half room in the temple. But now, there are 943 rooms in total, of which 638 rooms are from the early years. Like other temple, the gate of Tanzhe Temple faces the south and all halls and houses were built along a central axis. Besides cultural relics, the temple is also widely-known for its natural scenery.

Prices
Your group size1 person2-3 persons4-5 persons6-9 persons10 or more
PriceUSD157USD96USD83USD66USD58
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private English-speaking tour guide
2. Entrance fees
3. Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Lunch

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

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