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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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  • This site requires more fitness than most sites I have visited because of the stairs, they are everywhere. The hundreds of steps up the hill to the mausoleum provide a series of great views and provid...  more »
  • Remarkable example of the way Chinese construct a Mausoleum for the celebration of the life of past leaders. Must be in reasonably good shape to get to the mausoleum as a few km walk then 300 or 400 s...  more »
  • It is a sacred place to visit as it has the tomb of the most prominent pioneer/figure in China's history for democracy and freedom. The temples in the surrounding areas are also nice. So is the park i...  more »