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Mausoleum of General Yue Fei

The Mausoleum of General Yue FeiLocated at the northern side of the Qixialing Hill and on the northern shore of West Lake, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei was built to memorize a famous national hero Yue Fei (1103 - 1141), who performed meritorious deeds in countering the invading Jin army during the Southern Song.

Yue Fei was from Tangyin in Xiangzhou of today's Henan Province. After he joined the army, he and his troops continuously won wars against the Jin. When Yue and his army had retaken most of the lost territory, Emperor Gaozong (1107 - 1187) was afriad that his throne would be seized by Yue so he took the words of Qinhui(1090 - 1155), a treacherous court official who envied Yue and wanted him to die, and surrendered to the Jin. What's worse, Yue Fei was falsely accused by Qin and later secretly killed in jail. Then 21 years later, the wrong was put right after Emperor Xiao Zong (1163 - 1189) came to power. The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei was built in memory of this great hero. Yue Fei is always considered as a national hero.

The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei has been demolished and renovated several times. The one we see today was rebuilt in 1715 in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and comprehensively repaired in 1979.

Mausoleum of General Yue Fei occupies an area of four acres. In front of the Mausoleum stands a gate. Entering the gate, a patio with towering trees on both sides will be found. The Shrine of Remembrance, the main hall, is right in the middle where sets a sculpture of general Yue. The sculpture is in a colorful embroidered round cushion cover. Looking solemn and mighty, he has a sword in his hand and looks as if he is ready to protect his country. Over the sculpture is tablet in the original handwriting of Yue Fei, which states returning our territory and keeping it integrated. At the back of the hall are large pictures depicting Yue Fei's life stories. On the floor of the hall is a picture depicting 373 cranes which stands for his integrity and faithful mind.

Statue of Yue FeiTo the west of the main hall of Mausoleum of General Yue Fei is a yard. There are two corridors exhibiting poems written to commend Yue Fei. Striding over the bridge in the middle of the yard, you come to the  tombs of Yue Fei and his son. The central one is Yue Fei's, 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. Facing the tomb are four iron sculptures, including Qin hui the chief plotter and his wife, in kneeling position to atone for their crime forever.

Mausoleum of General Yue Fei Tour

The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei  is now formed into a group of ancient-styled buildings. Stand in any corner of the tomb, and one may feel Yue Fei's total dedication to the service of the Southern Song Dynasty.