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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5 days Yangtze River Cruise upstream
  • Tour Code: BJYZ02
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Tour Valid: from March to November
  • Price: from USD1129 per person
Special Features:

Take the most luxurious Century Cruise along the Yangtze River; Leisurely time on deck and excursions to scenic spots; Rich activities on board; Kind and helpful staff.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing/Yichang

You are met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for the flight to Yichang. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to check in to the most luxurious cruise on Yangtze River around 7:00 pm.

Day 2 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

This morning your will depart from Yichang and sail into Xiling Gorge, about 66 km long, as the longest gorge. It’s peppered with shoals and rapid currents, Qingtan Shoal and Kongling Shoal are the most well-known among all of the precipitous shoals. Shore Excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, soon afterwards the five-step Ship locks in the afternoon. In the evening Captain's Welcome Party will be held, followed by a Crew Cabaret.

Day 3 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

Today, the boat will pass 2 of the 3 gorges:

Qutang Xia (Qutang Gorge), is not only the shortest (5 miles), but also the narrowest (500 feet), and most grand and precipitous among Yangtze River Three Gorges. The 25-mile long Wu Xia is also called Witches Gorge, flanked by cliffs so precipitous that the sun barely penetrates the cliff, as the most beautiful of the three gorges. In addition, there is an optional tour to the White Emperor City in the afternoon. The mini city is situated at the top of Baidi Hill and full of temples and gates.

Day 4 Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)

The highlight of today is the land excursion to Shibao Pagoda. It was built against the rocks, so only three walls of the pagoda were man-made. When the Three Gorges Dam is totally completed, the water level will reach low parts of the temple. Inside the pagoda is marked the signal where the future water level will be. Then a culture programs on board will be arranged for you to enjoy. Farewell dinner and settlement in the evening.

Day 5 Chongqing/Beijing

You will disembark today. Your guide will meet you on the boat and transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to Beijing. Own arrangement after arrival.

Prices
March, June, July, August & NovemberBridge DeckPromenade DeckUpper DeckSingle Supplement
1 personUSD1788USD1724USD1660----
2-3 personsUSD1257USD1225USD1193USD432/384/336
4-5 personsUSD1230USD1198USD1175USD432/384/336
6-9 personsUSD11153USD1161USD1129USD432/384/336
Century CruiseDeluxe Cabin Deluxe Cabin Deluxe Cabin  

April, May, September, OctoberBridge DeckPromenade DeckUpper DeckSingle Supplement
1 personUSD1898USD1834USD1770----
2-3 personsUSD1320USD1289USD1257USD480/432/384
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 Yichang, Chongqing and Pick up transfer from hotel to airport in Beijing.
2. Internal flights from Beijing to Yichang and Chongqing to Beijing.
3. Domestic airport taxes.
4. 4 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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