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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Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Stadiums, Underground Palace Coach Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-CT03
  • Attractions: Ming Tombs (Dingling), Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird?? Nest & Water Cube
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  • Distance: --
  • Tour type: join-in group tour
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: approx.8 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: --
  • Price: from USD40 per person
Tour Itinerary

Mutianyu Great Wall*In the morning you are met at your downtown hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am. The guide will call your hotel room in the evening before the tour and confirm the exact pick-up time.



*Morning tour to Dingling of Ming Tombs - the only one of the thirteen Ming tombs to have been excavated. It was the burial site for Ming emperor Wan Li (1572-1620) together with his two empresses. Emperor Wanli was the Ming dynasty emperor who reigned over the county for the longest time. 2 hours sightseeing at Ming Tombs.



*Before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, we have 45 minutes to have a short visit to a Jade Carving Factory. Beijing jade carving integrates traditional Chinese culture and contemporary designs. It is a national treasure for is meticulous craftsmanship, which requires an extremely high level of artistic skill.



Bird's Nest, Beijing*After lunch, head to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu is noted for its unique elegance among all sections of the Great Wall – 96% of this area is covered by dense woods and the scenery changes with the seasons of a year. The function of it used to be the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. If you want to reach the highest point, cable car is a good choice (optional).

*Return to downtown Beijing and we will have exterior view of the National Stadium – colloquially as the “Bird Nest” and National Aquatics Center – the Water Cube.  The two stadiums were designed for the 2008 Olympics. Take photos with the stadiums in the Olympic Green.

*Before getting back to your hotel, relax yourself by sampling the world-famous Chinese tea in a splendid Chinese tea market. Chinese tea ceremony will be shown for you to know better about Chinese tea culture. After the whole day tour, you are drop off at your hotel around 6:00pm.

Special features of this tour:

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

2. Experienced English speaking tour guide.

Prices
Price for this bus tour is USD40 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. Cable car
2. Tips to tour guide and driver

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