Dr. Sun Yat-sen (1866 - 1925) was a revolutionary political leader who played a key role in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty. He was a founder of the Kuomingtang, and became the first president of the Republic of china when it was founded in 1912.
(Dr. Sun Yat-sen)
Dr. Sun Yat-sen developed his revolution philosophy based on 3 principles of nationalism, democracy, and equalization - known as the Three Principles of the People. Sun Yat-sen was the uniting figure in post-imperial China, and is regarded as the Father of Modern china.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Construction of the Sun Yat-sen memorial hall started in 1929, and completed 2 years later in 1931. The memorial hall was built with the donations of oversea Chinese, and the citizens of Guangzhou city. The memorial hall was built at the governor's house of the Qing Dynasty, which was used as the presidential house when Dr Sun Yat-sen held office of provisional president in 1921.
(Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall)
The memorial hall covers 61,000 square meters, and is 49 meters tall. The opera stage inside the hall is 19 meters wide and 15 meters long, and the memorial hall has a seating capacity of 4,792.
At the front of the hall, is Dr. Sun Yat-sen's bronze statue, that was created in 1958. A garden was created around the hall with trees, plants, and flowers. The hall has gone under several renovations since it was built. Today, Dr. Sun Yat-sen memorial hall is one of the most popular tour destinations in Guangzhou, and it also serves as a venue for important conferences and cultural entertainment.