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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One day Beijing-Pingyao tour by flight
  • Tour Code: BJPY02
  • Attractions: Pinyao
  • Location: Shanxi Province
  • Distance: 600 kilometers from Beijing
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD324 per person
Tour Itinerary

Rishengchang,PinyaoYou are met at your hotel in the early morning and transfer to the airport for the flight to Taiyuan.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Pingyao by 2 hours driving. Pingyao is an old city with a history of over 2700 years. It is the financial centre in late Qing Dynasty. If you have a bird’s eye view of the city, it is just like a “turtle”.

First you will visit the Ancient City Wall with a total length of 6.4km and height of 12m. It was first built in the year of 1370 and rebuilt in Ming and Qing dynasties. Then continue the tour to the earliest bank of China-Rishengchang Exchange Shop. Now it is the Chinese Exchange Shop Museum. Then you will wander on the Mingqing Street (Nanda Jie) which is one of the Chinese History and Culture Street.

After lunch, you will keep visiting the Armed Escort Company Museum. The armed escort company was first appeared at the end of Ming Dynasty and contributed to commodity circulation a lot. At last, you will visit the County Government Office. It is the basic administrative machinery in old China. This old office is the place to hold big ceremony, hear a case, welcome and see off the high rank officials.

After the day tour, transfer back to Taiyuan airport for the flight back to Beijing. On arrival, transfer back to your hotel.


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. All transfers in Taiyuan(Pingyao)and roundtrip transfer from hotel/airport in Beijing
2. Entrance fee
3. Chinese lunch
4. Your personal tour guide and driver
5. Beijing-Taiyuan(Pingyao)-Beijing Domestic Flights with airport taxes.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver
2. Other personal expenses.

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