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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4 days Beijing-Yangtze River Cruise-Beijing
  • Tour Code: BJYZ01
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • Tour Valid: from March to November
  • Price: from USD1129 per person
Special Features:

4 days cruising along the Yangtze River to enjoy a legendary journey; Round trip flight Beijing/Chongqing and Yichang/Beijing.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Chongqing (D)

Transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing for the 4 days Yangzte River Cruise. Embark the 5-star level vessel - the luxury Century Cruise, to cruise down China’s longest river Yangtze River.

Day 2 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

You will relax and savor the fantastic natural landscapes of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges. Enjoy a shore excursion to Shibao Pagoda which is one of the highlights of the Yangtze River cruise. The pagoda was built against the rocks; so only three walls were man-made. Enjoy culture activities on board, Captain’s Welcome Party and Crew Cabaret Show after dinner.

Day 3 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

Today the century cruise will pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest and narrowest of the Three Gorges. Wu Gorge is known for its deep valleys and forest covered mountains, and it is full of zigzags, weird peaks, rising mists and beautiful sights. There is an optional shore visit to the Temple of White Emperor City. It is believed that white vapor in the shape of a dragon was seen rising from a nearby well. Then a shore excursion to Shennong Stream by peapod boat is included. You will pass the Five Step Ship-Lock of the dam. At last, the cruise will enter Xiling Gorge, the last of the three.

Day 4 Disembark at Yichang and fly back to Beijing (B/L)

Today you will take a shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam which is the largest and most notorious hydroelectric power station in the world. Arrive at Yichang around 11:30 am. Disembark and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Beijing. Own arrangement after arrival.

Prices
March, June, July, August & NovemberBridge DeckPromenade DeckUpper DeckSingle Supplement
1 personUSD1788USD1724USD1659----
2-3 personsUSD1257USD1225USD1193USD432/384/336
4-5 personsUSD1230USD1198USD1166USD432/384/336
6-9 personsUSD1193USD1161USD1129USD432/384/336
Century CruiseDeluxe Cabin Deluxe CabinDeluxe Cabin 

April, May, September, OctoberBridge DeckPromenade DeckUpper DeckSingle Supplement
1 personUSD1898USD1834USD1769----
2-3 personsUSD1320USD1289USD1267USD480/432/384
4-5 personsUSD1294USD1262USD1230USD480/432/384
6-9 personsUSD1257USD1225USD1193USD480/432/384
Century CruiseDeluxe Cabin Deluxe Cabin Deluxe Cabin  
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private car transfer in Chongqing, Yichang and Pick up transfer from hotel to airport in Beijing.
2. Internal flights from Beijing to Chongqing, Yichang to Beijing.
3. Domestic airport taxes.
4. 3 nights twin accommodation on the luxurious 5* Century Cruise ship with private facilities
5. All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
6. 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 (RMB150/pp).

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