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Yue Fei Temple & Mausoleum

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Opening Hours of the Yue Fei Mausoleum & Temple Opening Hours

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Admission Ticket Prices Admission Fees

25 Yuan
12.5 Yuan for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters
Free for children below 1.2 meters

The Yue Fei Temple (a.k.a. Yuewang Temple) is located at the foot of the Qixia Hill near Hangzhou's famous West Lake. It is dedicated to Yue Fei, a military general of the Southern Song dynasty who is still held in high regard by the Chinese people today for his patriotism. It was under the military leadership of Yue Fei in 1140 AD that the Southern Song army came close to regaining the northern territories that had been lost to non-Chinese invaders (the Jurchen people and their Jin dynasty) in 1127 AD. Yue Fei was ultimately betrayed and executed though.

As the Emperor Gaozong didn't reciprocate Yue Fei's loyalty, it took more than two decades for Yue Fei's honor to be restored posthumously. The succeeding Emperor Xiaozong not only dropped all charges against him but also granted him the posthumous name Wumu in 1169 AD. A few decades and two emperors later, Yue Fei was granted the posthumous title King of È by the Emperor Ningzong in 1211 AD. The Yue Fei Temple was then built in 1221 AD.

It includes the Yue Fei Mausoleum which is the area where you'll find the tombs of Yue Fei and his son Yue Yun. The tombs were demolished and rebuilt or renovated several times in their history. The current tombs that date from the time of the Qing dynasty last underwent significant repairs in 1979. Stone sculptures of horses, tigers and sheep from the time of the Ming dynasty decorate the open-air enclosure of the Yue Fei Mausoleum. Four fenced-in iron sculptures opposite the tombs represent the people who betrayed Yue Fei. These were the Song dynasty chancellor Qin Hui, Qin's wife Wang Shi (Lady Wang), the general Zhang Jun and the court official Moqi Xie. The four statues of these sinners symbolically endure their eternal penance by kneeling in pairs with their hands tied behind their backs.

The Shrine of Remembrance is the main hall of the Yue Fei Temple. In it, you will see a large statue of General Yue Fei. The Chinese inscription that signifies "Recover Our Lost Territories" on the tablet above the statue's head replicates Yue Fei's original handwriting and large images at the back of the hall tell the story of his life. The 373 crane images that are drawn on the floor of the main hall symbolize the values of faithfulness and integrity that Yue Fei exemplified in people's minds.

entrance of the Yue Fei Temple near Hangzhou's West Lake
entrance of the Yue Fei Temple near Hangzhou's West Lake

Getting there and nearby Hotels

How to get there?

Yue Fei Temple
80 Beishan Road
Xihu (West Lake)
Hangzhou (Zhejiang province)
China

Telephone Number +86 571 8799 6663

nearest airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH)

nearest railway stations Hangzhou Railway Station or Hangzhou East Railway Station or Hangzhou South Railway Station

public bus stop Yuemiao Station
bus lines: 7, 27, 51, 52, 118

nearby Hotels Hotels

The hotels underneath are listed by their increasing distance from the Yue Fei Temple:

1. Shangri La Hotel Hangzhou
No.78 Beishan Road
0.1 miles away

2. Yuan Lifetel
No.69 Beishan Street
0.2 miles away

3. West Lake Mountain Villa
No. 84 Beishan Street
0.3 miles away

4. Lotus Glade Hotel 52 Villa
No.32 Yanggongdi Road
0.4 miles away

5. Xinxin Hotel
No.58 Beishan Road
0.5 miles away

6. Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake
No.5 Lingyin Road
0.6 miles away

7. Lily Hotel
No.156 Shuguang Road
0.6 miles away

8. Manzou Qixia Hushe
No. 41 Qixialing Road
0.7 miles away

9. Hi Inn Hangzhou Huanglong
No.86 Waidongshannong Road, Zheda Road
0.7 miles away

10. Yu Quan Hotel (Yugu Road)
No.138 Yugu Road
0.8 miles away

11. Yuanzheng Lingfeng Villa
No.140 Yugu Road
0.8 miles away

12. Yurong Xilu Boutique Holiday Hotel
No.1 Xiamao Jiabu, Longjing Road
0.9 miles away

13. Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel
No.122 Shuguang Road
0.9 miles away