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Eunuch Tombs, Mural and Temple Tour
 
 
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This is one of the most popular and fascinating CCC day tours. Tucked away in the mountains in the west suburb, the Eunuch tombs,museum and temple complex remain authentic and peaceful. It is located in Shijingshan District, western Beijing (outside 5th Ring Road).

You are going to see:
1. 565 year-old mural by Ming court artists - very well preserved and extremely high artistic value and skills.
2.The largest eunuch graveyard with memorial and museum - obscure and pristine.
3. Lively open-air market and everyday life scene - as if time goes back to Beijing in the 1980's.

* Driving hours: about one hour's drive from east third ring road of Beijing.
* About 30 minutes moderate climbing up the hill will be involved.
* The mural room in the temple is dark and chilly, even in the summer, bring one more layer of clothing.
* No lunch is provided, bring your own picnic or buy some hot breads or others at the local market.

Where: Catch the coach at the China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

         
   
         
         
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Registration is essential, no walk-ins.

Attractions

Fahai Si Temple & Murals
They are nestled in the hills in a modest, peaceful area. It is listed as a state-level relic under government protection. The decoration of this temple in 1443 was funded by Li Tong, a wealthy eunuch who attracted artists from the Imperial court to produce stunning murals and statuary.

The statues didn't survive the Cultural Revolution, but Red Guards failed to notice the exquisite Buddhist murals in the gloom of the main hall. These over 560 year-old murals, miraculously preserved intact, were modeled on the art of the Tang, but show influences of Song dynasty landscape painting, and later Ming innovations in the use of perspective and depth in portraiture. The color is still very fresh and the brushwork, particularly in the depiction of eyes, robes, clouds, and flowers, is extraordinarily fine.

Tianyi Tomb & Museum for eunuchs
A 5 minutes' walk from Fahai Si temple, you will see Tianyi Mu. The cemetery was built in 1605 for Ming Emperor Wanli's favorite eunuch, Tian Yi, who served three emperors and acted as Wanli's mentor and confidant.  During the accession of the Wanli emperor (reign 1573-1620), the Imperial City housed nearly 20,000 eunuchs (huan guan, later gong gong or tai jian).

The graveyard is said to be constructed in a shape of a penis. It has a spirit way, an underground tomb complex, and memorial stelae wreathed in dragons, an unprecedented honor for a eunuch. Buddhist and Taoist motifs are carved onto their graves, along with images depicting folklore and morality tales.

A small exhibition hall has more information about Chinese eunuch (all captions are in Chinese), from oracle characters of the word "castration', pictures of castrated eunuchs to Dowager empress Cixi and her eunuch Li Lianying, and China's last eunuch, Sun Yaoting (1902-1996), who is pictured making a visit to the Forbidden City in 1993.

Local market:
We will also meet the local huge open air market and everyday life of locals on the way up to the hill, where you can find everything. It is like what you can see in the centre of Beijing in 1980's.

 
 
   
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