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Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

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Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a truly magnificent building, infused with a tapestry of Chinese national colors. This octagonal structure is not only one of the traditional symbols of Guangzhou, but is also an important site for large-scale meetings and performances.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the contributions of Sun Zhongshan, the great democratic nationalist known as the father of modern China. It is a memorial construction donated by the people of Guangzhou and by the overseas Chinese and is listed as one of the most important cultural relics in Guangdong Province. Designed by the famous Chinese architect, Mr. Lu Yanzhi, the construction started in 1929 and finished in October of 1931.

Before the liberation, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall had already been badly damaged due to lack of upkeep. Since then, our government has appropriated funds several times to repair it. Finally, in 1998, a completely renewed memorial hall was reopened after a careful restoration. The memorial hall and the courtyard together cover an area of 62,000 square meters, 6,600 of which contain the expansive main building.

In front of the memorial hall stands an impressive statue of Mr. Sun Zhongshan, and hanging above the main door is a golden slab with four Chinese characters for "Tian Xia Wei Gong" [the world is for the people] written by Sun Yat-sen himself. The statue and the golden slab together form a profound scene reminding visitors of the brilliant life of this great man.

The central copula of the octagonal pavilion of the Zhongshan Memorial Hall is surrounded by four decorated double-eaves. The whole construction is majestic and rich in Chinese traditional design. Inside the hall, ancient trees and pillars covered with lifelike cranes combine to form a glorious scene. Surrounding it, yellow walls and red pillars decorated with blue glazed tiles shine in the sun, overwhelming with splendor and solemnity.

The audience house inside the memorial hall, crowned with a domed glass roof, is an outstanding construction which is, by itself, famous in the world of architecture. Behind the hall stands Zhongshan Monument rising from atop Yuexiu Mountain, so remarkable and stately that it seems to go through the sky.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall will refresh you after visiting the bustling commercial metropolis and provide you with a moment to touch this great man in Chinese history.

Admission: the series ticket price is 10 yuan.

Opening hours: It opens from 8 am to 6 pm.

How to get there: You can take Bus No. 2, 27, 42, 56, 62, 74, 80, 83, 85, 133, 185, 204, 209, 224A, 224, 229, 261, 276, 283, 284, 289, 293, 297, 305, 518, 543 to the Museum. You can also take Subway Line 2 to Jiniantang Station.

Travel tips: There are wheel chairs for the disabled and special wheel chair passages inside the hall. Crutches for the aged as well as baby carriages and toys for children are also available.
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The building sure is nice to look at. There's not much to do inside, though. You have to be really interested in Sun Yat-Sen's life in order to weed through all the text and pictures. I started reading enthusiastically but got quite worn out toward the end.

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