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-Xian-Beijing Tour by train
  • Tour Code: BJXA02
  • Attractions: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xi??n City Wall, Muslim Quarter
  • Location: Lintong District, Lianhu District Xi??n
  • Distance: 38km from Xi??n downtown
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Price: from USD282 per person
Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Xian

Transfer to railway station for overnight train to Xi’an departing at 20:03.

Terro Cotta Warriors and Horses, XianDay 2 Xian/Beijing

Arrive Xi’an railway station in the morning. Meet up with your guide and car drive to a local hotel for breakfast and short break. One hour drive to world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. Visit Pit No.1, Pit No. 2 and Pit No.3 and a circular-screen cinema. Have lunch. Drive back to Xi’an downtown to visit 600-year old Ancient City Wall. Stroll around in the Muslim Quarter before on board overnight train back to Beijing. Our service ends here. B/L

Notes:

1. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum lies in Lintong District, 38km to the east of Xi’an City. First discovered in 1974, the Terracotta army was one of the most valuable archeological discoveries in the 20th century. The terracotta army was made to be the army troops for the afterlife of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (259BC-210BC) - the first Chinese emperor ever. Ancient City Wall, XianThe figures were made of porcelain. There are more than 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses being unearthed in 3 pits. Terracotta Warriors and Horses were listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Xi’an City Wall, with a total existing length of 11.9km, it is the best preserved ancient city wall in China. The city wall was constructed from 1374-1378 and it has a history of over 600 years. The wall is 12 meters tall and 15 meters in width on the top.  

Xi’an Muslim Quarter lies 100 meters to the west of Central Xi’an’s Bell Tower. More than 20,000 Chinese Muslims live in the quarter and it now has more than 10 mosques in the area. Visitors may find the most famous lamb and beef restaurants along the streets there. 

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

Price includes:
1. Transportation in air-conditioned car, van or coach.
2. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees.
3. Breakfast and Lunch as listed.
4. Your personal English speaking guide and driver.
5. Beijing to Xian and Xi??n to Beijing by overnight soft sleeper train.

Price excludes:
1. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.

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