Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum Tours – Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

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Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum


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No. 1 Zhongshan Ling, China, Jiangsu Province, Nanjing
Hours : Open 7:00am to 6:30pm

About this place

The Dr Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum was built in 1926 in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), who is recognized as the Father of Modern China.  He led the rebellion against the corrupt Qing government resulting in the 1911 revolution which put and end the feudal system. In turn, the Republic of China was founded. The mausoleum is situated at the foot of the south face of Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan, 紫金山), and it has become a must-see tourist destination for all visitors to Nanjing.


The construction of the mausoleum is symmetrical, and it serves as a fine example of classical and modern beauty. Entering the mausoleum in sequence is the torii, the corridor, the gateway, the monument, the memorial hall, and finally the tomb. A long stone stairway of 392 steps leads up to the tomb which lies at the rear of the memorial chamber. Outside the memorial chamber there is a tablet featuring the inscription of the “Three Principles of the People”: nationalism, democracy and people’s livelihood, which were formulated by Dr. Sun.  Inside the hall stand black granite poles and a statue of Dr. Sun sculpted from white marble. Within the tomb a prostrate marble statue of Sun seals his coffin, which was buried five meters underground.

Music Stage (Yinyue Tai, 音乐台)
10 yuan entrance fee

Directly to the east of Zhongshan Mausoleum is the music stage.  It isn’t much to see unless you are interested in the music.  The music can even be heard echoing in the forest quite a distance from the stage.  To find the stage, take a right near the ticket booths in the area leading up to Zhongshan Mausoleum. 


Sun Yat-sen and Museum (孙中山书院和纪念馆) 10 yuan entrance fee

Paintings of Dr. Sun and a library can be found in the Sun Yat-Sen Museum. Only those with a deep interest in Dr. Sun should be sure to stop by the museum, otherwise continue on to the Linggu Temple area.


Bus no. 9 as well as travel bus nos. 1, 2, and 3 (游1, 2, 3) all stop at the Mausoleum entrance.

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Re: Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum

By tourguideleo,

A professional tour guide in beijing ,Make your tour perfect.


Dr sun yet san.the national fater ,was buried here after he died,
Re: Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum and Ming Tomb are next to each other

Does anyone know if the burial vault is closed on any particular day? I read somewhere that the burial vault/chamber is closed on Mondays?
I went there on a Tuesday this year in March and it was closed, though I suspect that may have been because of the size of the crowds - too many people.
Re: Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum

It`s free now, good. But tons of people going there everyday which is really not good. Plus no buses are allowed to go there so you  have to take a subway or taxi, though still need to walk for a while to get here, and not easy to get a taxi when you come back.  If you like hiking that`s cool, but hiking with over 10,000 people that`s not interesting at all.
Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum and Ming Tomb are next to each other

By Samantha,

Nanjing native, let more and more people get to know and love Nanjing!


Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum and Ming Tomb are next to each other, Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum is Free to public now and 70 Yuan/ticket for Ming Tomb.
When you finish the tour of Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum you can take a "tour train" to Ming Tomb, it charges 5RMB/ticket, and after Ming Tomb you can take the tour train to Linggu Pagoda, another 5RMB/ticket.
These three attractions usually will need 3-4 hours to go, and a lot of energy, so if you don`t have plen...read more

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