Fahai Temple

Fahai Temple, Beijing

Fahai Temple
4.5
09:07 - 17:02
Monday
09:07 - 17:02
Tuesday
09:07 - 17:02
Wednesday
09:07 - 17:02
Thursday
09:07 - 17:02
Friday
09:07 - 17:02
Saturday
09:07 - 17:02
Sunday
09:07 - 17:02

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Alan R
Cambridge, UK1,248 contributions
Hidden Gem
Oct 2019
This is an off the beaten track attraction. It was built by a eunuch from the Ming dynasty in 1433. The reason to visit it is the stunning Buddhist wall paintings. the building is kept dark to preserve them (so you view by torch light) and they are interpreted by knowledgeable local guides (helpful if you have someone who can translate from Chinese!)
Written 27 October 2019
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Mommiex4plus1
Jacksonville, FL92 contributions
Interesting temple, experience, and squirrel!
Apr 2019 • Couples
We rode the subway to the last stop and caught a cab to the temple. We paid the extra to see the real murals. An English speaking guide gave us flashlights and led us through the temple giving us history and pointing out highlights on the murals.They do not allow light in to preserve the murals. Our guide also had rescued and raised a baby squirrel that was very friendly and sat on your arm or shoulder for pictures. The cute squirrel was one of the highlights of my trip!
Written 5 May 2019
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Arthur415
San Francisco, CA196 contributions
Travel tips for getting to and away from Fahai Temple
Oct 2018 • Solo
There is some conflicting info from travel sites to travel books. The Temple “IS NOT” open daily. It is closed on Monday. YOU CAN take a taxi 14 rmb to the Temples front steps. Take Beijing Metro line 1 (red) to the last stop Pingguayuan. Exit A/B. A lot of people saying taxi offering rides at 30 rmb. Walk away and hail a marked taxi for 14 rmb. After your visit you can continue up the hill, a short easy walk past another temple and car barrier arm to the hill top with a scenic view overlooking the temple. If you don’t make arraignments with your taxi to come back at a certain time to pick you up you will have to walk back down to a main road. If you walk back down from the Temple retrace the route you drove up. If you walk down from the hill top and chose the Glacier Center route it is longer winding through housing and along a drainage canal. Turn left at the Glacier center walk along the canal and at the end of the canal stay to the right down the stone steps. Good luck and enjoy.
Written 15 October 2018
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iamface
East Sussex, UK1,337 contributions
quite beautiful wall painting
Mar 2018 • Friends
quite beautiful wall painting & that is quite old & pretty with many old story of it. although a bit expensive of the ticket & short visit time but still worth
Written 14 July 2018
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I love Travel K
204 contributions
Amazing ! Great art
Dec 2016 • Solo
Pay RMB 100per ticket , to see the wall art at 1000years +before , amazing art!
It have time schedule, pls check before you purchase the ticket !
It is value for money to see it .
Written 17 March 2017
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bethmckillop
London, UK15 contributions
Rare unspoiled mural paintings in a quiet temple
Jan 2017 • Friends
On a lovely hillside outside the city is Fahai temple. Worth the journey to see the surviving Ming dynasty paintings. These Buddhist mural paintings are only accessible as a guided visit and attract an extra fee, so ring in advance. The temple is not an active religious community, it is a cultural institution. The peaceful situation of the temple complex on a wooded hillside is delightful too. A must for art lovers with time to get off the beaten track.
Written 28 January 2017
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ScottsdaleDoug
Scottsdale, AZ9 contributions
Temple was closed when I tried to visit.
Oct 2016 • Friends
I tried to visit the temple on Saturday, 10/08/16, and it was closed to visitors. There were no signs stating that the temple was closed to visitors. I have been unable to find out when it will reopen for visitors. I really want to view the murals after reading about them in several publications. Getting to the temple is relatively easy, take a taxi from the Pinguoyuan subway station. You'll need the name and location in Chinese. My taxi driver would not take us up the hill, so we had to walk uphill for 5 minutes to reach the temple. Returning from the temple, we had to walk to the nearest major road to find a taxi back to the subway.
Written 11 October 2016
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tensaisimon
Beijing, China271 contributions
Amazing Frescoes
May 2016 • Couples
Built imore than 1000 years ago on the southern slope of Xishan Mountain and renovated during Ming Dynasty, Fahai Temple has seldom been a major touristy spot. Among history and art lovers, however, the Temple is a rare treasure. On its main hall walls are colored frescoes, which are among of 'the most beautiful three' in this country (Dunhuang Grottoes, Shanxi Hongsheng Temple, and here). Now the frescoes are carefully perserved from light. To watch them you have to pay an extra ¥100, plus the Temple admission fee ¥20, that's ¥120. Try to bargain a little with the entrance staff, sometimes you can be allowed with just ¥100 in all. A guide will usher you into the dark main hall, and everyone is given a battery torch. It's just like an interesting cave exploring event. The frescoes are delicate and beautiful. Enjoy every detail. The guide narrates only in Chinese I guess. The caisson ceilings above are also exhilarating. The frescoes and ceilings are 'national treasures'. You can later see duplicates of most frescoes and a caissson ceiling in other halls of the Temple. Transportation: metro line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station, take a bus for a few stops and walk for another 15 minutes or so. En route to the temple is a crowded Saturday street market, where peasants nearby gather to sell fresh vegetabels, fruits etc.
Written 22 May 2016
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yuanwai
Chicago, IL219 contributions
A hidden treasure
Feb 2015
This place used to be so out of the way that few people in Beijing knew about it. However it has the third largest frescoes in all Chinese temples. I was so touched by them when I visited many years ago. I heard that it had been cleaned up and repaired. Hope they had done a good job for such a treasure.
Written 10 January 2016
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Seawood
Seattle, WA13 contributions
Fahai temple worth the trip for murals and white bark pines
Aug 2015 • Couples
We got a taxi at the subway station-- showing the driver the name of the temple using the Trip Advisor name in Chinese. The driver stopped 3 times to ask locals the directions so it is a little obscure to find-- although my phone mapping add had it. When we got to the small parking area in front of the temple, there was no other people or vehicles, but a quick run up the steps confirmed the temple was open. If I did it again, I would have paid the taxi driver to wait an hour or two, because when we finished at the temple we had to walk about 20 minutes before we found a taxi back to the subway station. But the first portion of the walk is through an interesting neighborhood so that was OK. We paid for the 100 yuan tour that included the murals, and only had to wait a few minutes until they could round up an English speaking guide. My wife and I were the only ones, so the guide unlocked the temple doors and gave us flash lights to view the murals during the tour. The guide was incredibly enthusiastic about the techniques to create depth, detail, thread features, colors, symbolism, and stories in the murals-- which made it very interesting and special. If you love interesting trees, then you will find the two white pine bark trees at the temple to be amazing specimens. Just the murals made the trip worth it, but the texture and shape of these 1000 year old trees was impressive.
Written 5 September 2015
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  • Sun - Sat 09:07 - 17:02