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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Ming Tombs and Juyongguan Great Wall Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-GW03
  • Attractions: Juyongguan Great Wall, Dingling of Ming Tombs
  • Location: suburban Beijing
  • Distance: 65 km from downtown
  • 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 USD61 per person
Tour Itinerary

Juyong Pass Great Wall,BeijingOur experienced guide will meet you at your hotel. Drive 35 miles to Dingling Underground Palace of Ming Tombs for a 1.5 hours visit.

Enjoy lunch afterwards.

Walk along one of the most magnificent part of the Great Wall at Juyongguan; you will have 2 hours hiking on the Great Wall;

Drive back to Beijing city and drop off at your hotel.


1.      Choose comfortable footwear for hiking.

2.      Wear sun protection in summer and dress properly for the low temperature in winter.

3.      Cable car in unavailable at Juyongguan Great Wall.

Dingling Underground Palace??eijingThe Ming Tombs is a cluster of tombs for Ming Dynasty emperors, concubines and eunuchs. This area is located in a basin screened by mountains on three sides while a river flows on the other side. This auspicious burial site with natural beauty was chosen based on Chinese ‘Feng Shui’ theory which is similar to the Western geomancy.

Among the 13 tombs, Dingling is the only one which has been excavated in this graveyard. This attraction now consists of the Underground and two exhibition rooms. The Underground Palace owns 5 chambers, among which the rear chamber is where the coffins of Emperor Wanli and his two empresses were placed. The items on display in the exhibition rooms are precious historical relics unearthed from the tomb.

Juyongguan Great Wall is located in Guangou Valley which is flanked by mountains. The valley is the only pass to enter Beijing from the northwest, so Juyongguan is crucial to the defense of Beijing. When visiting this section, we can’t miss the Cloud Terrace – a marble platform with artistic carvings, inscriptions of Buddhist sutra and images.

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. Air conditioned vehicle
2. Chinese lunch
3. Entrance fees
4. English speaking tour guide

Price excludes:
1. Cable car in Juyongguan Great Wall
2. Tips to guide and driver

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