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Yue Fei Mausoleum & Grand Canal

Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, Hangzhou

 Mausoleum of General Yue Fei

The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei is easy to get to, and is located at the foot of Qixia Hill, near West Lake.

From its name, we know that the mausoleum, built in memory of a famous national hero, Yue Fei (1103 - 1142). Yue Fei was the chief general of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279) during the battle against the Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234). However, a few treacherous court officials persecuted him to his death. After 21 years, Emperor Song Xiaozong (reigning from 1162 to 1189) ordered the exoneration of Yue Fei from the unwarranted crime and had his remains interred here.

In front of the Mausoleum stands a gate. Going through the gate and along a corridor, you will see the Mausoleum of Yue Fei at the center flanked by the tomb of his son, Yue Yun to the left. In front of the tomb gate, four iron figures kneel with hands behind their backs. Those figures are the statues of Qin Hui, Qin's wife, Zhang Jun, etc. It was them they who betrayed Yue Fei and caused his death.

Admission Fee: CNY 25
Bus Route: 7, 15, 27, 28

 Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is also the oldest canal in the world. Its construction went through three historical periods. In 486 B.C., King Wu, Fu Chai had the canal excavated. Thereafter the Yangtze and Huai Rivers were connected during the reign of Emperor Yangdi (569 - 618) and during the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th Century; thus finally completing the Grand Canal.

The Grand Canal is also known as the second Gold Watercourse after the Yangtze River for its irrigation of agricultural and industrial areas along the canal. Furthermore, unsophisticated water towns, historical sites and the profound culture make the Grand Canal a distinctive cultural tourism area.

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, also known as just the Grand Canal was a great water project in ancient China. It runs from Hangzhou in the south of Zhejiang Province, via Jiangsu, Shandong, Hebei and Tianjin and finally ends at Tongxian County in north Beijing. It also passes through five watercourses, the Hai, Yellow, Huai, Yangtze and Qiantang Rivers. At a length of 1,794 kilometers, the Grand Canal is the longest canal in the world. It is 21 times longer than the Panama Canal and 10 times longer than the Suez Canal.

Admission Fee: CNY 15
Bus Route: K4, 504

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