Attraction No.80 Beishan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China Published on: 02-08-2016
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Why Yue Fei Mausoleum is special ?
General Yuefei Mausoleum or commonly known in Chinese as Yuewang Temple is a temple built in honor of Yue Fei, a general of the Southern Song dynasty during the Jurchen invasions when the capital of China was in Hangzhou. The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei was nestled in Yue Fei's temple at the south foot of Xixia Mountain of Hangzhou City.
The temple was first constructed during the Song Dynasty in 1221 to commemorate Yue Fei. The site includes Yue Fei's Temple, Loyalty Temple and Yue Fei’s Mausoleum inside. The temple was reconstructed several times in later date. The tombs and the tomb sculptures in the temple all dates from the 12th century, and have been meticulously restored.
What to explore at Yue Fei Mausoleum?
To the west of the main hall is a yard. There are two corridors exhibiting poems written to commend Yue. Striding over the bridge in the middle of the yard, there are the tombs of Yue Fei and his son's. Yue Fei's tomb is right in the center, and to its left is the tomb of his son Yue Yun who had been a competent assistant of his father on the battlefields. Stone horses, tigers, and sheep of the Ming Dynasty (1386 - 1644) decorate both sides of the enclosure. This tomb, which had been destroyed several times, was rebuilt and possesses the features of the Song Dynasty. Facing the tomb are four iron sculptures, including Qin Kuai the chief plotter, in kneeling position. Concerning these sculptures, people wanted them to atone for their crime forever.
How to get to Yue Fei Mausoleum?
Bus Route: 7, 15, 27, 28, Tourist Bus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...
- “A national hero, well worth the visit.”
- “The Hero of Justice”
- “Epitome of Loyalty and Filial Piety”
- “Well worth visiting”
- “A history lesson for kids”
No.80 Beishan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
Tips for you
For those who are familiar with Yuefei, the visit to the Mausoleum is a must. In some ways, it is history coming alive, and dispels various romanticisation of the legendary hero. Do not miss it if you are interested in ancient Chinese history or Yuefei. Engage a guide to narrate and the story behind Yuefei will come alive too. However, do not expect too much in a short visit but be ready to become more interested in Yuefei and Chinese history after the visit. Beware of 'helpful' people hanging near the exit of the Mausoleum. While not pushing, they would be more than ready to "advise" you where to visit next. They are, in actual fact, working for these establishments. Do use your discretion and politely thank them for their kind advice and continue your original itinerary.
Yue Fei is a national hero from China's past, and for anyone with the slightest interest in Chinese history, his mausoleum is well worth a visit. Today, Yue Fei still still appears in numerous books and TV series based in classical times, and fans of this genre will be familiar with the name and character. A visit to this mausoleum will allow more historical context and understanding of the fictional works. The entry ticket is quite cheap; you should allow yourself about 20 minutes for your visit.