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Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), Nanjing

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Perched atop a giant staircase, Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) pays tribute to a hugely influential figure in the founding of modern China. Start in the main square below the staircase and head up the slope through the towering ceremonial arch. Climb the 400 steps to reach the mausoleum itself, an imposing marble structure topped with decorative blue tiles. Admire the tile work of the crypt ceiling, and note the white sun on a blue background, the symbol of Sun Yatsen's Kuomintang Party. Check out the inscriptions and tablets within the inner chambers of the structure--strangely enough, Yatsen received honors from both his former nationalist party and the communist government. Don't miss the actual tomb, a copper sarcophagus topped by a statue of the leader. Use our Nanjing trip itinerary planner to add Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) and other attractions to your Nanjing vacation plans.
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  • Sun Yatsen Mausoleum us a peaceful place. You can plan to visit it besides another destination (ideally "the purple mountain"). The place is not very big but it gives great informations about Dr Sun Y...  more »
  • We went to see the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum during a one day trip to Nanjing. It is a bit of hike to get to the top, but the views are worth it. The building is beautiful and architectural is very detaile...  more »
  • A very worthwhile visit that is very popular with Chinese tourists. You can spend an enjoyable day walking around the Purple Mountain area.  more »

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