"The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall" China Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built to honor Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the democratic revolution that overthrew China's dynastic system of government and united the once-splintered country. It sits on the south slope of Yuexiu Hill, site of the former residence of the governor of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces during the Qing Dynasty, and later the former Presidential Office of Sun Yat-sen.

The hall, which was built between 1929 and 1931, was designed by architect Lu Yanzhi in the traditional Chinese style of architecture. It features such traditional Chinese touches as red pillars and blue glazed roof tiles. The octagonal structure is 154 feet (47 meters) in height, 232 feet (71 meters) wide, and contains a large lecture hall that is 71,042 square feet (6,600 square meters) in size and seats 5,000 people.

The main lecture hall is used for large-scale conventions, lectures, concerts, and other performances. In addition to the lecture hall, a gallery features pictures of Sun Yat-sen and letters written by him. A large bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen is located in front of the main entrance.

The main building is part of a 15-acre (six-hectare) complex that also includes an arched gateway, affiliate buildings, and gardens containing ancient trees of several varieties.

Directions: The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is located on Dongfeng Zhong Lu, in Yuexiu Park.

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2010
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