The story of Yue Fei (1103-1142 AD) is one soap operatic caliber: a national hero betrayed by the very emperor he was fighting for. He came to fame during the final days of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) as the State of Jin took over Kaifeng, forcing the court to flee here. While some brave souls continued to fight for the motherland, the newly established court became all too comfortable in Hangzhou. A certain minister, Qin Hui, was jealous of Yue Fei’s hero status, so he convinced the emperor to recall the general, who was framed, imprisoned and eventually poisoned to death. He was exonerated twenty-one years later and a shrine and tomb built on this spot to remember him. The first structure was built in 1221 and the present structure is the result of rebuilding in 1923. The temple compound is in the typical layout of a Southern Song garden. In it you can find Yue Fei’s mausoleum that is built to commemorate his heroic acts during the Song Dynasty.
The Yue Fei Mausoleum was first built in 1221 in memory of national hero General Yue Fei of Southern Song Dynasty. In the center of main hall is a statue of Yue Fei wearing an armored robe. Above the statue hangs an inscription written ‘Recover Our Lost Territories’ in Yue’s own handwriting. His tomb is situated in the west of compound.
In front of the Mausoleum stands a gate. Go past the gate and along a corridor, you will see the Mausoleum of Yue Fei at the center flanked by the tomb of his son, Yue Yun to the left. In front of the tomb gate are four iron figures kneel with hands behind their backs. Those figures are the statues of Qin Hui, Qin’s wife, Zhang Jun, etc. It was them who betrayed Yue Fei and caused his death.
Location: Yue Fei’s Temple is along Beishan Lu (just west of where it intersects with the Su Causeway).