Brief of Yuefei's Temple and Tomb
Yue Fei’s Temple and Tomb are situated at the southern foot of Qixia Hill. Surrounded by the imposing red walls, the temple and tomb face the Yue Lake, a part of West Lake. In the main hall of the temple sits his 15-foot-high statue, decorated with a helmet, a rode and a pair of military boots. A vivid and imposing statue it is. The heroic deeds of this hero are demonstrated by myths, poems and legends. Above his head, a plaque engraved with the general’s own calligraphy serves as a reminder why he is revered so much. It reads: “Recover Our Lost Territories.” This plaque is surrounded by many whit cranes, which symbolize his integrity.
The most important historic relic of this pot is Yue Fei’s Tomb under the profection of the State. The tomb is situated in the west of the temple’s compound. It was built 21 years after his death on the north shore of West Lake.
Cultural Note: General Yue Fei was a patriotic general during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). He was framed and sentenced to death. 21 years after his death, General Yue Fei was cleared of the false accusation.