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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Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Day Tour
  • Tour Code: BJ-DT02
  • Attractions: Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
  • Location: downtown Beijing
  • Distance: --
  • Tour type: private tour, no strangers in your group
  • Availability: everyday
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Tour Valid: all around the year
  • Meals Included: Lunch
  • Price: from USD66 per person
Tour Itinerary

Tiananmen Square,BeijingMeet up your guide in the hotel lobby.

Drive to visit Temple of Heaven, touring Circular Mount Alter, Imperial Vault of Heaven with Echo Wall, Red Stairway Bridge, Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Long Corridor and Seven Star Stones.

Drive to Tian’anmen Square for a visit. Walk along the Square and enjoy the tour to Monument to People’s Heroes, exterior view of Chairman Mao’s Maosuleum, National Museum and People’s Congress Hall.

Walk to Southern Gate of Forbidden City with 2 hours touring three main halls of Harmony, Giant Marble Tablet, Palace of Heavenly Purity, Imperial Garden, etc.

Have lunch afterwards.

Continue your trip to Summer Palace which is a 35 minutes drive from Forbidden City; where you spend 1.5 hours walking in the royal park visiting Southern Gate, Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, Hall of Jade Ripple, Hall of Happiness and Longevity, Long Corridor, Pavilion of Buddhist Incense (exterior view), and Marble Boat;

Forbidden City,BeijingTransfer back to your hotel in city centre.

Notes:

1.Please wear comfortable shoes.

Tian’anmen Square lies in the centre of Beijing city. Covering an area of 44 hectares, it is the largest city center square in the world. Every morning there is flag-raising ceremony and every evening the flag-lowering ceremony which are always popular for visitors from all over China. Tiananmen Rostrum is located in the north of the square. Firstly constructed in 1417, it is the icon of People’s Republic of China on which late chairman Mao acclaimed the founding of New China on 1st October 1949.   

Forbidden City was the imperial place for Chinese emperors from 1420 to 1911. It is rectangular in shape 961 meters from north to south and 753 meters from east to west. The whole palatial complex was divided into two sections: the outer court which was used for ceremonial purposes and the inner court which was the residence of the Emperor and his family. In 1987, the Forbidden City was elected as the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

Summer Palace,BeijingTemple of Heaven,firstly built in 1420, it is the largest imperial sacrificial temple complex in the world. Temple of Heaven is located in the Southeastern part of Beijing five kilometers away from Tian’anmen Square. During Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Chinese Emperors visited the complex twice a year for praying to the God of Heaven and for good harvest. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is now a very popular park for local residents doing morning exercises.

Summer Palace is the largest in scale and best-preserved surviving imperial garden in China. It is situated in the northwestern outskirt of Beijing city, 20km away from Tiananmen Square. Summer Palace was firstly constructed during 1750-1764 and was formerly named “Garden of Clear Ripples”. It covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers and three quarters of which is water. In 1998, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

Prices
Your group size1 person2-3 persons4-5 persons6-9 persons10 or more
PriceUSD240USD138USD95USD77USD66
*Infants under 2 are free; children (2-12 years old) price is 80% of adult price.

Price includes:
1. Private transfers
2. Experienced English speaking guide
3. Entrance fee
4. Chinese Lunch

Price excludes:
1. Tips to guide and driver

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