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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Beijing Classic City Bus Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-CT02
  • Attractions: Tian??nmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
  • Location: City center
  • Distance: --
  • Tour type: join-in group tour
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: approx.8 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: lunch
  • Price: from USD37 per person
Tour Itinerary


Fobidden City, Beijing*You will be picked up at hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am by your tour guide who will escort you on today’s tour. The guide will call your hotel room in the evening before the tour and let you know the exact pick-up time.

*Start the tour at Tian'anmen Square which is the geographical center of Beijing. Around the square, you will find the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum and Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace). Take photos with the Monument to People’s Heroes and the Memorial Hall of Chaiman Mao Zengdong before walking to the Forbidden City. Forbidden City is the largest and the most intact imperial architecture complex in the world. It was the residential palace for the royal families for 200 years. We visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for 2 hours.

*Head for the Temple of Heaven (Altar of Heaven). En route we will experience the Chinese traditional medicine culture, which has existed for thousands of years, and is still used by people today. It is a testament to its value as a unique feature of China. After a short break, visit the Temple of Heaven where the God of Heaven was worshipped in the ancient times. The three main buildings are the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar. The visit to Temple of Heaven takes about 80 minutes.

Summer Palace,Beijing*Enjoy Western and Chinese buffet lunch (40 minutes) in Bangfuchun Restaurant, followed by a short visit to a pearl free market. Drive another 30 minutes to Summer Palace which is situated in the northeast of Beijing with an area of 290 hectares. It is regarded as a splendid expression of the design of Chinese landscape garden, combining the thoughts of humankind and the scenery of nature in harmony. The visit takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

* After today's tour, drop off at your downtown hotel. Beijing classic city bus tour ends here.

Special features of this tour:

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

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!

   Price for this bus tour is USD37 per person. 

Price includes:
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. Tips to tour guide and driver

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