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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Peking Man Site, Lugou Bridge and Stone Flower Cave One Day Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-DT10
  • Attractions: Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site, Lugou Bridge and Stone Flower Cave
  • Location: Mentougou District and Fangshan District, Beijing
  • Distance: 95km from downtown Beijing
  • 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 USD72 per person
Tour Itinerary

Lugou Bridge,BeijingYou will meet up your English-speaking guide at 8am in hotel lobby and then transfer to Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site in Yanqing southwest of Beijing. Stay 1.5 hours touring in the museum of Peking Man Site, Upper Cave and New Cave. Move on to 800-year-old Lugou Bridge, also named Marco Polo Bridge before having a countryside lunch meal in a village restaurant. In the afternoon, you will head for Stone Flower Cave (Shi Hua Dong), a karst cave located in Beijing’s southwest suburben district Fangshan. After the trip, car transfer back to your hotel in downtown Beijing.

Notes:

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled mineral water.

Zhoukoudian is located 50km away from downtown Beijing, where are the caves for Peking Man to live some 750,000 years ago. Zhoukoudian site was discovered and firstly excavated in 1921 and two years later archiologists unearthed two human teeth. Eventually human skulls and other fossils were unearthed and the excavation work never stopped in the area and has made it one of the most fruitful sources of material from Middle Pleistocene era.

Stone Flower Cave,BeijingLugou Bridge is also named Marco Polo Bridge as the famous Venetian traveller sang high praise of it in his The Travels. Located 15km southwest of Beijing, the bridge was firstly built in 1189 and reconstructed during the reign of Kangxi Emperor of Qing Dynasty in 1698. It is 266.5 meters long and 9.3 meters wide, supported on 10 piers and 11 segmental arches. As an architecual masterpiece, the bridge is also famous for its 400 and more stone carvings of lions in different gestures. Marco Polo Bridge Incident in July 1937 marked the beginning of Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).

Stone Flower Cave is located 50km away from Beijing downtown and was formed 70,000,000 years ago. It was previously named Stone Buddha Cave after a monk in Ming Dynasty finding out the cave and carved the images of Buddha on the wall in the 15th century. The cave has 7 layers and in each layer people can find splendid views of stalagmite and stalactites. At the moment, the cave opens 4 layers to visitors with a tourist route in total length of 2500 metres. The temperature in the cave maintains 13 degrees Celsius and it makes people feeling very comfortable in the summer days.

Prices
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PriceUSD182USD116USD101USD98USD72
*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. Tips to guide/driver

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