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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8 Days Yangtze River Cruise with Victoria Cruise (Chongqing/Shanghai)
  • Tour Code: BJYZ03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: every two weeks on Monday
  • Tour Valid: from March to November
  • Price: from USD1484 per person
Special Features:

Take the 5 star US Victoria fleet cruising along the Yangtze River; 8 days cruising from Chongqing to Shanghai; shore excursions to the scenic Mt. Huangshan and ancient city Nanjing; start and end this tour in Beijing.

Tour Itinerary

Day1 Beijing/Chongqing

Meet the guide in your city center hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for one night stay.

Day 2 Board the boat and cruising Chongqing/Fengdu (L/D)

Embarking the 5-star level vessel-Victoria Cruise for 6 nights cruise down the Yangtze. Sail today from picturesque Chongqing; take a shore excursion to Fengdu “Ghost City” which is famous for its gardens, temples and statues of ghosts and devils.

Day 3 Daning River “Small Gorges”/Shiplocks (B/L/D)

Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. Take an excursion through the Daning River Small gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, but very impressive. (Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Shennong Stream, which has its own attractive gorges.) In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.

Day 4 Three Gorges Dam Site/Yichang (B/L/D)

You will visit the Three Gorges Dam site. This dam site is one of the largest and most notorious hydroelectric power stations in the world. The dam was first built in 1993 and finished in 2009. It took 17 years to complete the entire project including three stages. After the visit, board ship at Yichang dock.

Day 5 Wuhan (B/L/D)

Today you will have an excursion to Wuhan which is capital city of Hubei Province. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum. Hubei Provincial Museum was firstly built in 1953, it is the center for collecting, studying, preserving and displaying historical and cultural relics in Hubei. There are more than 700,000 ancient relics stored here.

Day 6 Huangshan (B/L/D)

Today, you will visit Huangshan, which is also called “Yellow Mountain”. Huangshan, literally Yellow Mountain, is located in the east part of Anhui Province. This is a very good place to experience China’s natural beauty. It was listed as an official World Cultural Heritage Site in 1990 by UNESCO. Huangshan has many peaks, the three most famous are the Lotus Peak, the Brilliant Top Mountain and the Celestial Capital, all of which rise a stunning 1,800 meters above sea-level. (Jiuhuashan will be substituted if weather or road conditions do not permit a visit to Huangshan.)

Day 7 Nanjing (B/L/D)

Today you will have a full day tour to Nanjing. You will visit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum. Sun Yat-sun Mausoleum is the main part of the Scenic Area of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum. It is a burial site of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a great democratic revolution pioneer in China. Then you will visit Qing Dynasty style bazaar around Confucian Temple. The local snacks around the Confucius Temple are among the top four Chinese snack styles. Wine shops, tea houses, snack stalls and handicraft works hawked along the street compose the unique scenery of the temple.

Day 8 Disembark at Shanghai and fly back to Beijing (B)

At 8:00am, you will arrive at Shanghai which is considered as China’s dynamic international commercial center. Meet your local guide in Shanghai and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. On arrival, transfer back to your city center hotel. Service is finished.

Prices
March, June, July, August, NovemberCruise: Deluxe cabin
Hotel: Deluxe
Cruise: Deluxe cabin
Hotel: Standard
Cruise: Deluxe cabin
Hotel: Economy
Single Supplement
1 personUSD2718USD2518USD2375----
2-3 personsUSD1851USD1687USD1552USD936/808/681
4-5 personsUSD1795USD1629USD1496USD936/808/681
6-9 personsUSD1783USD1619USD1484USD936/808/681
Chongqing Hotel5* JW Marriott hotel 4*Eling park hotel 3*Xingyu hotel  
Victoria CruiseExecutive DeckPromenade Deck Main Deck  

April, May,September, OctoberCruise: Deluxe cabin
Hotel: Deluxe
Cruise: Deluxe cabin
Hotel: Standard
Cruise: Deluxe cabin
Hotel: Economy
Single Supplement
1 personUSD3192USD2992USD2849----
2-3 personsUSD2122USD1959USD1823USD1138/1010/883
4-5 personsUSD2066USD1902USD1767USD1138/1010/883
6-9 personsUSD2054USD1890USD1755USD1138/1010/883
Chongqing Hotel 5* JW Marriott hotel  4*Eling park hotel  3*Xingyu hotel   
Victoria CruiseExecutive Deck Promenade Deck  Main Deck   
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.
The above prices do not suit for Americans and Canadians.

Price includes:
1. Private car transfer in Chongqing, Shanghai and car transfer between hotel and airport in Beijing.
2. Internal flights from Beijing to Chongqing and Shanghai to Beijing.
3. Domestic airport taxes.
4. 1 night accommodation with private facilities.
5. 6 nights twin accommodation on the luxurious 5* Victoria Cruise ship with private facilities.
6. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
7. Comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

Price excludes:
1. Your travel insurance.
2. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
3. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
4. Other personal expenses.
5. Tips on the Cruise (RMB300/pp).

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