This two-storey majestic building is attached with a tranquil garden with tall trees just a short distance away from West Lake.
Brief of Yue Fei Mausoleum
Built in 1221 and worn by time, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei was repaired and renovated in 1978. This two-storey majestic building is attached with a tranquil garden with tall trees just a short distance away from West Lake. In the middle of Grand Hall of the mausoleum sits a big statue of General Yue Fei. Dressed in the red-tasseled helmet of a commander, a brilliant-colored robe adorned with golden pythons and a pair of military boots, this legendary hero is handsome and manly. Above his head, a plaque engraved with characters reading "Recover out Lost Territories" is a masterpiece written by General Yue Fei. The rear part of the Grand Hall displays murals depicting the story of the general's life recounted by his mother.
In the graveyard of General Yue Fei, pairs of stone horse, tiger and goat statues stand. The architecture of Yue Fei's Tomb maintains the Song Dynasty style after the renovation in 1970s. The steel statues of Qin Hui (who is responsible for General Yue Fei’s death), his wife and the two accomplices kneeling here are spat on and cursed by people passing by!
For international visitors, the story of General Yue Fei is far more appealing than the temple and mausoleum built to commemorate him. However, this place with serene setting and a sense of history, is a good place to seek contemplation. It shelters 125 steles containing Yue Fei’s writings, among which a poem titled Rivers all Red endures as the most famous one:
Bristling with anger against the pillar
I look forward.
A pattering rain just over.
As I raise my eyes,
And roar to the skies
My ambitions are soaring high.
My contributions of the past thirty years
Are as trivial as dust;
The responsibilities of my future years
Will be as heavy as their weight.
Don’t wait idle in your young days,
Tears flow in vain when your head turns gray.
Driving my chariot on expeditions
I’ll quaff the invasion
Let me win back our lost hills and rivers
Then face my emperor.