Dr Sun Yatsen's
Dr. Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum is
the most famous site located on Purple Mountain.
Dr. Sun is arguably China's most famous revolutionary
hero. Images of the first president of China and
the founder of the Kuomintang party are everywhere
in Nanjing. As relations with Taiwan become more
tense, the fact that both sides still worship
this man is perhaps an optimistic sign that some
peaceful resolution can be reached.
Chinese tourists flock to this spectacular
sight in hundreds, making their way up the fabulous
marble staircase to pay their respects to the
founder of modern China. The tomb itself is striking.
The blue and white tiles in the Mausoleum symbolize
the Kuomintang flag and the walls are decorated
with the full text of "The Guidelines for
Establishing a Nation" written by Dr. Sun.
The tomb is covered by a sleeping statue of the
revolutionary hero. There is also a huge tablet
here inscribed with Dr. Sun's "Three Principles
of the People" : Nationalism, Democracy and