Fahai Temple

Fahai Temple, Beijing

Fahai Temple
4.5
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Monday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Tuesday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Wednesday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Thursday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Friday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Saturday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Sunday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
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simontrant
Winchester, UK82 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
This is not an easy place to find but it is well worth it. There are various websites that will help you and you can't believe that the place exists at all until you get there. Once we got there, it was well worth every effort. Very quiet and peaceful. There were only two other visitors when we arrived and luckily one of them spoke English as no one else does there. Not that it really matters. If you wish to see the murals you pay RMB100, if not, it is RMB20. It's not really, in my view, worth going unless you want to see the murals.

Fahai Temple is located on the Cuiwei Mountain, two kilometers northeast of Moshikou. The temples are built on three terraces.
The Grand Hall of Buddha was completed in 1443. Emperor Zhu Qizhen inscribed the stele of the temple, which makes it famous among numerous temples in Beijing.
It is said that the Fahai murals can be compared with many Renaissance murals in Europe. They have preserved their colours amazingly as little or no light penetrates. The murals are viewed with the aid of torches/flashlights.
I would think that from the highest prayer hall, you might get a breathtaking view of the west part of the city and also the Western Hills but that would depend to a large extent on the pollution that day.
Written March 14, 2013
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Seawood
Seattle, WA13 contributions
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 September 5, 2015
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Alan R
Cambridge, UK1,264 contributions
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 October 27, 2019
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Mommiex4plus1
Jacksonville, FL118 contributions
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 May 5, 2019
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Arthur415
San Francisco, CA205 contributions
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 October 15, 2018
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iamface
East Sussex, UK1,337 contributions
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 July 14, 2018
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I love Travel K
204 contributions
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 March 17, 2017
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bethmckillop
London, UK15 contributions
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 January 28, 2017
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ScottsdaleDoug
Scottsdale, AZ9 contributions
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 October 11, 2016
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tensaisimon
Beijing, China271 contributions
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 May 22, 2016
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Fahai Temple is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:07 AM - 5:02 PM