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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2 Days Beijing-Pingyao Tour by Train
  • Tour Code: BJPY03
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Price: from USD299 per person
Special Features:

High-speed train between Taiyuan and Beijing; visit traditional Northern China residence at Qiao Family?? Compound; explore Ming Qing Street, walk on the City Wall, see the first draft bank of China.

Tour Itinerary

Qiao Family's Compound,PinyaoDay 1 Beijing/Taiyuan/Pingyao (L)

Morning pick-up at hotel and transfer to the railway station for the high-speed train to Taiyuan. We will arrange first-class seat on D2003 (08:10-11:55) or D2005 (08:54-12:46). Our English speaking guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to have lunch.

On the way to Pingyao, we visit the Qiao Family’s Compound which shows the unique characteristics of North China construction of the Qing Dynasty. The panoramic view of the Compound looks like the double Chinese character 'xi' (Xi means happiness and good luck for your life.) Qiao Family Compound is a perfect example of traditional workmanship and design with graceful roofs, red lanterns and exquisite carvings.

Stay the night in Pingyao free. See the night view of the town by yourselves. Bicycle can be rented at very cheap price. Shops along the streets provide various handicrafts for souvenir.

Ancient City Wall,PinyaoDay 2 Pingyao/Taiyuan/Beijing (B/L)

A day to explore charming Pingyao’s well-preserved streets and houses. Stroll on the Ancient City Wall, one of the 'Three Treasures' of Pingyao. The 39ft high and 15ft wide City Wall was used to keep out gangs of thieves intending on robbing the rich citizens and travelers.

Our next stop is the first draft bank of China, Rishengchang. It was a pioneer of modern banking and once operated the economic lifelines of the entire Qing Dynasty in the 19th century.

Then move on to the Ming Qing Street. On both sides of the street are full of outdated buildings. When ramble around this street, it’s like that we were living in the past times.

Transfer to Taiyuan railway station and take train back to Beijing. Transfer back to your hotel.

Notes:

1.Usually we should get to the railway station at least 40 minutes before departure time.

Prices
Dec. 1 - February 28DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD792USD688USD678--
2-3 personsUSD456USD438USD436USD52/35/31
4-5 personsUSD435USD411USD407USD52/35/31
6-9 personsUSD352USD333USD324USD52/35/31
HotelsHongshanyi hotel Tianyuankui hotel Dejuyuan hotel  

Mar. 1 - Nov. 30DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Supplement
1 personUSD817USD710USD700--
2-3 personsUSD468USD449USD447USD63/46/44
4-5 personsUSD438USD423USD428USD63/46/44
6-9 personsUSD355USD338USD333USD63/46/44
HotelsHongshanyi hotel  Tianyuankui hotel  Dejuyuan hotel   
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. All transfers in Taiyuan(Pingyao)and roundtrip transfer from railway station/hotel in Beijing.
2. One night accommodation in Pingyao as specified in the itinerary with private facilities.
3. Entrance fee.
4. Meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
5. Your personal tour guide and driver.
6. Beijing-Taiyuan(Pingyao)-Beijing High Speed Train.

Price excludes:
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver.
2. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
3. Other personal expenses.

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