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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One Day Beijing Art Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-DT06
  • Attractions: National Art Museum, 798 Factory
  • Location: downtown Beijing
  • Distance: --
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD30 per person
Tour Itinerary

China National Art Museum,BeijingYour English-speaking guide will meet you in hotel lobby at 9am and then transfer to China National Art Museum for a visit. Stay 2.5 hours there to see art exhibitions in the 5-storey giant building.

Have lunch afterwards.

Transfer to eastern side of downtown Beijing to explore numerous art collections at former German-style factory 798. Transfer back to hotel after the day tour. 

Notes:

Please wear comfortable shoes.

Factory 798,BeijingBuilt in 1963, National Art Museum of China is one of China’s largest art museums dedicated to the collection, research and exhibition of modern and contemporary artistic works of China. The main building stands up with 5 stories and owns 20 exhibition rooms with a total area of 7000 square metres. In the past decades, thousands of influential exhibitions have been held here, including international shows. The collections of the museum number in excess of 100,000 pieces of art works, including ancient Chinese painting and modern Chinese artistic works of great significance. In the meantime, it has become one of the Art educational centres in China. 

798 Art Zone is located in Dashanzi Art District, Chaoyang District to the northeast of central Beijing. This thriving artistic community used to be state-owned electronics factories. The factories were designed by the East German's architects in a Bauhaus-influenced style in the early 1950's. When Beijing’s artists were looking for new workshops at the beginning of last decade, they began to move in the factory complex, gradually developing them into galleries, art centers, high-end tailor shops, artists' studios, design companies, cafes and bars. With a total area of 230,000 square metres, 798 Art Zone has also become a bourgeois-bohemian center.

Prices
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*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
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2. Experienced English speaking guide
3. Entrance fee
4. Chinese Lunch

Price excludes:
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