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Address: No.28 Export Of Moshi Road, Shijingshan District, Beijing 100002, China
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Rare unspoiled mural paintings in a quiet temple

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

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... More 

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Thank Doug R
Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

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,... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

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... More 

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

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... More 

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The Hague, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

We came to see the Frescoes on a May weekend. There was a decent English speaking guide to show us around using torch light, making the 100 kuai per person extra for seeing the frescoes bearable. There is a replica of the frescoes in the hall behind it, looking quite different from what I imagined in the dark. Although I... More 

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Winchester, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

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... More 

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