China Destination Search


Facebook Image

Home Nanjing Nanjing Attractions Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
Dr Sun Yat Sens Mausoleum

With the construction started in 1926, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum is the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great forerunner of democratic revolution of China. On June 1, 1929, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's coffin was moved from Beijingto Nanjing and buried here. Covering an area of over 133 hectares, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum is located at the southern foot of Zhongshan Mountain. Lying on the mountain, it faces the plain with the verdant mountain at its back, enjoying a regular layout and a spectacular appeal.

The mausoleum was designed by Lu Yanzhi, an outstanding Chinese architect who was concurrently the architect of tomb construction at that time. The plane of entire mausoleum ensemble looks like an alarm bell with a far-reaching significance. 700 meters long with a 70-meter difference in height, the path from the mausoleum gate to the tomb-chamber has 393 steps and 10 platforms. The arched tablet, the tomb-path, the mausoleum gate, the tablet-pavilion, the sacrificial hall and the tomb-chamber are all vertically situated on one and the same axis. Main buildings of the mausoleum are built with solid and beautiful granites and Jinshan stones which mostly came from Fujian province, Beijing, Suzhou, Qingdao and Hong Kong, etc. The archway and the top of the sacrificial hall are all covered with glazed blue tiles, appearing magnificent, spectacular, tranquil and solemn.