Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou

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    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou
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  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou
    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou
    by cal6060
  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou
    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou
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    Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

    by joecooper Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Guangzhou, China

    The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall was built in 1931 on the original site of Sun Yat-Sen's Presidential Office. The hall is surrounded by well kept lawns and gardens and there is a small museum (No English captions) behind the hall. The hall itself is quite grand but inside you won't find a great deal apart from seats as the hall is used for meetings and performances. In 1956, a bronze statue of Dr Sun was erected in front of the hall.

    If you don't know who Sun Yat-Sen was, here is a bit about him: He was born on November 12, 1866 at Cuiheng Village of Guangdong province and was a leading figure in China's revolution against the Qing government and the first President of the Republic.

    In August 1905, he formulated the Three Principles of the People - nationalism, democracy, and social well-being. He believed these to be the guidelines for building a modern China. There is a plaque in the hall with the words "The Whole World as a Community" which was inscribed by Sun Yat-sen himself.

    It seems ironic that this is such a prominent building in the city when the Chinese government so blatently ignore the Dr’s words. I think we'd all be better off if we worked together a bit more.

    Admission to the grounds is 10RMB, payable at the front gate.

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    Dr Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 24, 2009

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    The memorial hall was built by the local people of Guanzhou and overseas Chinese to commemorate Dr Sun Yat-sen, the great forerunner of Chinese Revolution. Construction commenced in 1929 and completed 1931.

    The 52 metre high building is a national cultural relic located within Guanghou Park.

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    Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial

    by SLLiew Written Mar 30, 2008

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    One of Guangzhou 's major landmarks, the impressive imposing octagonal memorial hall building of nearly 50meter high can be ssen from the road in bright colors with traditional Chinese architecture.

    Popular with tourists, it has a statue of the founder of Modern China, Dr. Sun Yat sen, who helped overthrew the Machu Qing Dynasty that had suffered a series of humiliating defeats to Western powers and Japan and conceding unfair treatise.

    Interestingly, Dr. Sun Yat was a missionary trained doctor who spent time in USA, Japan and Malaysia and Singapore including raising money from overseas Chinese in his efforts to set up a new republic in China.

    Dr. Sun left a legacy for modern China with the Three Principles of the People - nationalism, democracy, and social well-being.

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    by kungpao Written Apr 8, 2005

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    The Sun Yat Sen Memorial is beautiful from afar

    The octagon Sun Yat Sen looks impressive from the outside, just the kind of architecture want to see but can't seem to find in Guangzhou.

    But, there's a reason the admission is so cheap. Once you walk in, there's not a whole lot to do.

    After you walk around and visit the restroom, go back where it can be appreciated the best, outside.

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    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

    by josephva Written Jan 20, 2008

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    Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall located on Dongfeng Zhong Lu, is dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China and local hero Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It was constructed in 1931 and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen's presidential office on Yuexiu Hill.

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    Dr. Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The Memorial is quite famous as being a structure built during the Chinese revolution in 1931. It was designed by renowned architect Lu Yanzhi, who also designed the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing. There are some 4,700 seats in the auditorium but it was designed with no beam and thereforeno echos.

    The interior is decorated with paintings and patterns of strong national features.

    Outside the main entrance stands the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The memorial hall is built in memory of Sun Yat-sen who was the pioneer of China's bourgeois democratic revolution.

    Open time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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    Sun Yat- Sen

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    I can't remember what this was all about but it was in the Hall. There are however 2 plaques in the hall. One above the entrance of the door, which bears in gold the words "Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall" inscribed by Liao Chengzhi who was the vice chairman of the standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Another has the words "The Whole World as a Community" which was inscribed by Sun Yat-sen himself. This could be either one of these.

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    No page on .GUANGZHOU could...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    No page on .GUANGZHOU could be complete without paying homage to China's SUN YAT SEN and this is the building which reminds us of his influence.

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    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 20, 2013
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    Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall is situated on the southern slope of Yuexiu Hill. I had a wrong impression about this memorial Hall. I thought this grand octagon building would have a great museum about Dr Sun Yat Sen and would be a great place to learn about his life in Guangzhou. After visiting many museums and memorial halls of Dr Sun in China especially Nanjing and Shanghai, I felt disappointed by what I had seen here. All the displays and information are poorly displayed in the corridor of the hall. All the materials are written in Chinese only. The purpose of this building is not meant to be a museum, but a theater for conferences and performances of local community.

    Well, This is a historical building completed in 1931. It has a beautiful landscape with the ancient trees like the 153 year-old Ficus microcarpa. On each side of the memorial hall, there are cloud pillars. The statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen is the main attraction of the hall, and do note the golden slab with four Chinese characters of "Tian Xia Wei Gong (天下为公)" hangs above the front door of the memorial hall. The Ceramic Tripod that was used in Dr Sun Yat Sen's funeral in Nanjing was made in a ceramic factory name Shang Li Ya Hao, Shiwan Nanhai City Guangdong in 1930.

    Admission: RMB 10

    In Chinese: 中山纪念堂, zhong shan ji nian tang

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    Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 13, 2008
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    The 49m/161ft high Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall is located at the southern end of Yuexiu Gongyuan Park and is dedicated to the memory of Dr Sun Yatsen, who was the first president of the Chinese Republic, which was founded in 1911. This imposing octagonal building was erected in 1931 in the classical Chinese style. The hall, which is used for cultural events, has space for more than 4000 people.

    In the gardens in front of the hall can be seen a bronze statue of Sun Yatsen, erected in 1956, while to the west lies a small museum which keeps the politician's memory alive.

    Open: 8am-6pm. Admission: RMB10.

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    Awe inspiring memorial Hall

    by Boca24 Written Jul 25, 2005
    Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

    The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and grounds is just so impressive. It is now used for concerts and conventions, which could limit your ability to go inside. But the outside view and the grounds are fantastic.

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    Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    by xiquinho Written Sep 23, 2004
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    Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in 1931 in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Father of China who was the leader in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty. The whole building, octagonal in shape, is of typical Chinese architectural style. At the center of the hall stands the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and hangs a plaque with the golden words of "The Whole World as a Community", which was inscribed by Dr. Sun.

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    This beautiful porcelainized...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    This beautiful porcelainized piece found at the Sun Yat Sen Building. Sadly, it was being used as a repository for snuffing out cigarettes.

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