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Tomb of Yue Fei (Yuéfēimù)

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Tomb of Yue Fei (Yuéfēimù) Review

Near Solitary Hill Island stands the Tomb of Yue Fei, a shrine to honor General Yue Fei (1103–42), who led Song armies against foreign invaders. When he was a young man, his mother tattooed his back with the commandment to "Repay the nation with loyalty." This made Yue Fei a hero of both patriotic loyalty and filial piety. At the height of his success, a jealous rival convinced the emperor to have Yue Fei executed. A subsequent leader pardoned the warrior and enshrined him as a national hero. Statues of Yue Fei's accusers kneel in shame nearby. Traditionally, visitors would spit on statues of the traitors, but a recent sign near the statue asks them to glare instead.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 80 Beishan Lu, sest of Solitary Hill Island, Hangzhou, 310017
  • Phone: 0571/8798–6653
  • Cost: Y25
  • Hours: Daily 7:30–6
  • Location: Hangzhou
Updated: 03-19-2013

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