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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Daytrip to Water Cube and China Science and Technology Museum
  • Tour Code: BJ-FT05
  • Attractions: Water Cube, China Science and Technology Museum
  • Location: Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Distance: 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 USD46 per person
Tour Itinerary

Water Cube,BeijingYou are met at your hotel at the appointed time and transferred to The National Aquatics Center - the Water Cube (about 30 minutes drive from city center). It’s the only Olympic stadium donated by countrymen and overseas Chinese from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

After lunch, you will visit China Science and Technology Museum, a grand science museum completed in 1988 in Beijing. After ending your wonderful trip, you will be transferred back to your city center hotel.

The Water Cube is 177 meters square and 30 meters high, containing 17,000 seats (6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for the Olympics). During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was the place for swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo. After that, the Water Cube has become an iconic site, as a multi-functional international center, providing magnificent venue for the local and foreign visitors. So it is not only a venue, but also a destination for relax and fun, entertainment is more than just water.

China Science and Technology Museum,BeijingChina Science & Technology Museum covers an area of 40,000 square meters and 16,000 square meters are used for the exhibition halls. The activities of the museum include training-based education programs, experiment-based exhibition programs, Astro-vision film shows and popular science exhibitions. In addition, there also has permanent exhibition and temporary display zones. For the young generation, it is an important way to disseminate knowledge of technology and science.

Notes:

China Science and Technology Museum opening time: 9:00 - 16: 30. (Closed on Monday but open every day during national holidays.)

Prices
Your group size1 person2-3 persons4-5 persons6-9 persons10 or more
PriceUSD125USD77USD69USD54USD46
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private English-speaking tour guide
2. Entrance fees
3. Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Chinese Lunch

Price excludes:
1. Tips to the guide and the driver
2. Personal expenses

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