Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

On Wednesday 22nd we went to the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum. This was a really interesting place to visit as the person burried there is one of the founders of modern China.

The Mausoleum is set in the purple mountain area on the North East of the city of Nanjing. It is located within a National Park however on the day we went the weather was awful so we could not see anything else as we were already soaked. It is classed as a ‘5 A’ tourist resort and the official website is here.

The design of the Mausoleum is spectacular having to climb 392 steps to reach the Mausoeum. One step represents a million people – linked to the population at the time the Mausoleum was built. If it was built now there would be over 1,000 steps!

View from the top of the Mausoleum

The image above is the view from the top of the mausoleum looking down. What I found impressive about the architecture is that you could not see the steps of the mausoleum until you had gone through the entrance gates after going down a tree lined boulevard. The entrance gates were similar to those of the forbidden city being styled after them. Like the entrance gates at the forbidden city entry was only by the two side gates; the main gate is shut; reserved only for the emperor.