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A visit to Sun-Yat-Sen Mausoleum (ZhongShanLing) in Nanjing ...

I didn't really paid much attention to the itinerary as even if I read it, I still don't know that place till I visited it, except the West Lake of Hangzhou and some places in Shanghai. Thus, I was excited when the tour guide announced we are going to visit Dr.Sun-Yat-Sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, which is the final resting place of the founding father of modern China. And, he also mentioned that we gotta hike a mountain trail for about 45 minutes to reach there. I was like...what ... hiking under the cold weather of 3 celsius to 5 celsius? He gotta be kidding! Though I can managed it, how my kids and wifey going to do it, as well as some elderly folks and other small kids there? Then I realised he was pulling our legs but that was the case in the older times. Now, they have some vehicles that look like amusement park trains, to drive us up to the entrance gate of the mausoleum park. That saved us 30 mins of walking with a small damage of RMB 20 per ticket. LOL 

I did some research and the mausoleum is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin in Nanjing. In fact, this was the place where I finally saw a lot of mountains. I hardly see any before that in Hangzhou, Yiwu, Suzhou and Haining except lots of canals and lakes. Once we reached the entrance gate, it was a 15 - 20 mins walk to the mausoleum, at the beautiful and clean park. 

Riding the bus on the way to the mausoleum. It was a beautiful and cool view. I saw folks hiking up too!

Reached the entrance and we gotta walk now.

Beautiful nature and trees along the pathway 

Reached the first gate to the mausoleum. It will be a flight of stairs now, all the way up.

Lots of folks and tourists taking pictures 



Flight of stairs leading up to the mausoleum. It can be tiring, even for me ..hahaha.. probably due to lack of rest too.

Another nearer view to the gate ... lots of folks around!

I look back at the previous gate.

Almost there ... few more stairs to climb in the cold weather, though the Sun is shining brightly.

One of the decor at the top

The full view of the gate to the mausoluem

Beautiful bonsai lookalike trees decorating the outside of the mausoleum

A pillar standing majestically at the top

Some of trees are almost 100 years old!!

A side view shot of the mausoleum
 We are not allowed to take pictures inside the mausoleum and we have to walk around the statue of Dr.Sun-Yat-Sen, where his body was buried beneath. It was a quick visit inside there. When we are out, my wifey decided to buy some hot sausages for the kids to warm them up while I also get a purple-colour steamed sweetcorn, which to me is tasteless. LOL

A view from above ... we can see Nanjing city at the top

Walking back along the pathway. It was a beautiful sight!

It was great to pay a visit to a great man in history who has his memorial halls around the world. I also listen to the stories of the Soong sisters which was told by the tour guide. Well, after the visit, we went to Nanjing City area for our dinner.

It was another clean place and polices are around to guard the area

We had their famous duck noodles, with duck-blood cubes and vermicelli. Not my type of food anyway...LOL .. but it was a specialty there.

Xiao Long Pau

Cold duck meat
And, we proceed to shop around town after that.

35 comments:

  1. I went to Taiwan Sun Yut Sen Memorial place. Almost similar the types of building. I wonder how and why they have such a spacious place.

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    1. Well , I guess China have all the lands since its so spacious ! Most of countries will have a memorial for him even in Malaysia. I didn't visit other places but it could be due to the culture then for the same types of buildings.

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  2. U didn't do any jumping pose as what TM and SK did? hehe...

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    1. Hahaha... Too bother with the cold and panting liao! No energy to jump!

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    1. Hahha.. You should go to Shanghai to eat

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  4. Thankfully no need to climb all the way there under such condition. And wow, looking at the staircases. The building was beautiful.

    I wouldnt mind the duck noodle soup. But not the duck blood cubes.

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    1. Yes, thankfully else most of the folks will not end up at the top. They will probably hang around at the entrance gate.

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  5. Lovely place but no, thank you. No climbing up stairs for me. I wonder what the cold duck meat tasted like. Would be extra cold since it was winter.

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    1. It's like cold meat but nice ! Salty and tasty !

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  6. The surroundings is very scenic and beautiful. That type of cold weather is nice for walking, won't feel tired.

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    1. Yes but can still feel tired. Anyway better compared to humidity and hot weather like back home.

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  7. Impressive place!

    Wah, you sure got a good workout there. :)

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    1. This is the only place where I sweat ! Hahha

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  8. I went to Nanjing but had no time to visit this famous mausoleum and the Japan-China war museum. Instead I saw a lady pooed by the highway which is so unforgetable. I think I posted her photo in action in my blog.

    Anyways, I liked the whole vast area leading to this mausoleum. You have shared so much nice photos and I might not need to visit anymore lah. Thank you and I am a great fan of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai Shek and Soong May Ling. I always watch their no ending documentaries over CCTV4 which looked like propaganda to me. They never stop telling the world what Chiang Kai Shek had done.

    You might be more excited if you visit the inside of the various China Emperor's tombs or Liu Bei's mausoleum! For some reasons, most visitors will have goose bumps there. LOL

    I love the cold weather you had. That would be the only motivation for me to walk miles daily and climbed those mountains across China.

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    1. It's still better for you to visit and see for yourself. This is one attraction that any tour guide will bring you if you were in Nanjing. Yeah, somehow , I also share the same sentiment as you on Chiang Kai Shek.

      Oh.. I hope to visit Liu Bei mausoleum if got chance. Goosebumps..wow..that's really interesting!! hahaha...

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  9. haha, at least your tour guide try to pull your legs and I can see he is a humorous one and not those serious person who is always masam muka.. 45min of hiking, hmmm, I think they also allow people to really walk while others opt to pay RMB20 for the 20min ride huh?? :)

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    1. Yes, he is a gentle nice chap but what he said was true before transports are allocated. In the past few years, I heard we really got to walk!

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  10. another 15min walk to the mausoleum from the entrance, I guess this is intentional as the authority wants the public transport to stay away and give the place a calm and serene atmosphere.. that is a long stairway to walk up!! haha, but I think everyone made it right?? :)

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    1. Yes, and I guess it's also intentional for tourists to walk all the way up to the mausoleum. Probably, as an act of respect?

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  11. so it's all water in the previous places you were brought to and now this more mountaneous place, you seem to like this place a lot judging from the number of photos you posted for this post.. yeah, nice scenery there and I personally like photos 3, 13, 17 and 18.. you know which photos?? I counted from top to bottom and now it's your turn, haha!! so it's good to actually number your photos for easier reference (just like I always do, hahahaha!!)..

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    1. OK ..will do so! Thanks for the tips! hahahah... THanks for liking the pics, I need to go back and check! Hahahaha

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  12. famous duck noodles, but you don't fancy that.. hmmm let's see, they have xiao long bao and I think you love that right?? and the cold duck looks good to me, how was it??

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    1. I don't think a lot of people fancy it ! I was not very full , actually!

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  13. I think i've been here before, many years back... reminds me of the long-long road, it takes forever to walk till the end

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    1. oh is it ? Anyway, my cousins also been here when they visited Shanghai and surrounding places.

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  14. Look at the clear blue sky with no clouds! For any tour, my favourite time would be makan time and shopping time, as for visiting places of interest, it is only for the sake of taking photo only

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    1. hahaha.. for me is different. I like to see stuffs and take pictures! That's why China looks a great place to me.

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  15. This post reminds me of my visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing

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  16. I like the looks of those 100 years old tree. They have seen so many leaders comes and go. Some even will say there are spirits in it

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    1. Yeah, I think so too. They existed so long and still exist!

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  17. Oh wow. That is a whole lot of climbing. Imagine if you had to hike AND climb! Purple corn not very nice wan ler..

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    1. Yeah lor...this itinerary has the most walking... and most of the places we went also walked a lot. I average between 15k to 20k steps a day!!

      aiya... didn't know it's not nice but heard it contains lots of fibre.

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  18. Almost wanted to eat the xia long bao last weekend at Dragon-I but we were there too early and they weren't open yet.

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