Yue Fei’s Temple

This temple and mausoleum isn’t worth visiting unless you’re a big fan of Yue Fei. Who was Yue Fie, you ask? He was a famous Southern Song Dynasty general who fought against the invading Jurchen armies of the Jin Dynasty. However, the emperor’s officials became worried about his successes and brought him back from the battlefield to be imprisoned on false charges and eventually executed in 1142. Some 20 years later he was exonerated by the new Emperor and buried at this spot. Yue Fei has since become a legend in Chinese folk stories. The temple complex around the mausoleum dates from 1221 but the present buildings are Qing Dynasty constructions. The tomb site itself is just a small mound with some statues standing guard on either side of the short walkway leading up to it. Be sure to exit back through the entrance. If you go out the designated exit you’ll face a gauntlet of hawkers.

Admission: ¥25. Open: 7:30-17:30.

Directions: Yue Fei’s Temple is on Beishan Lu (just west of where it intersects with the Su Causeway). Show the Chinese below to a taxi driver, or take Tourist Bus Y1 from Nanshan Lu.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去岳王庙,谢谢。 (Please take me to Yue Fei’s Temple. Thank you.)