A national hero with a sad end, Yue Fei had successfully kept the northern Jin invaders out of the Chinese soil in 12th century during the Song Dynasty. Betrayed by two imperial officials, Qin Hui and Zhang Jun, General Yue Fei was sent into prison. He said before being executed, "The heaven knows what I have done to my country, the evidence of such an unjust case will be clear in the future !" After his death, at risk of being caught, a prison officer carried the body out of Hangzhou. Yue Fei was buried in the courtyard of a temple. 21 years later, Emperor Xiaozong of the Song Dynasty ordered to recover the general's reputation and offered a reward of 500 taels of money (so large an amount of cash at that time) for whom found his body. Yue Fei was re-buried near the West Lake in Hangzhou. The place is now called the Yue Miao (The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei).
Built in 1221 and worn by time, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei was then repaired and renovated in 1978. You'll find a two-storey majestic building in front of you, a tranquil garden with tall trees is just a short distance away. In the middle of Grand Hall of the mausoleum, the big statue of General Yue Fei sits. It has brilliant colors and wears like a warrior, "Return Me of My Motherland" are the words by General Yue Fei inscribed on the big tablet hung at the top of the wall behind the majestic statue. At the back of the Grand Hall displays murals which are the story of the general's life told by his mother.
In the Graveyard of General Yue Fei, pairs of stone horse, tiger and goat statues are stood. The architecture of Yue Fei's Tomb maintains the Song Dynasty style after the renovation in 1970s. It is quite interesting that the Chinese hate the bad guy Qin Hui so much, the steel statues of him, his wife and the two accomplices kneeling here are spat on and cursed by people!
Add: Northwest corner of the West Lake, Hangzhou
Fee: RMB 25
Get in: Bus 7,15,27,28, 51,52,118, Tourist Bus 1, 2, 3,4,5 Holiday Bus 1,4,5,6
Open: 7:30 to 17:30
Nearby sights: Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard, Su Causeway, Xiling Seal Engraver's Society
Fee of Automatic Guide Service
Yue Fei's Temple Scenic Spot
Retail: RMB 40 Deposit: RMB 100 (use the day return)
The West Lake Scenic Area
Rental: RMB 50 Deposit: RMB 100 (return it within 49 hours)
Language: English, Japanese, Francais, Deutsch, Esponol, Portugues, Russia
Yue Fei's mother made the tattoos on his back
The main hall
the courtyard between the entry and the main hall is filled with giant trees, pavilions and pagodas
Pavilions in front of the main hall
Time your visit from Jan to early March, so you can enjoy the red, yellow and white plum blossoms in the courtyard
there are over 100 calligraphic stele tablets within the Mausoleum of Yue Fei
Yue Fei and his teacher
Pavilions with beautiful eaves and statues
Guards near the Yue Fei Tomb
The side hall filled with ancient paintings
the persecutors of Yue Fei are despised by us for eternity
Plum blooms from late Dec to early Mar at the courtyard
Author: Christina Posted on Jan 31, 2012
Re-edited by Sophia on Mar 3, 2014
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