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Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

sun-yat-sen-hall Construction of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall started in January 1929 and it was completed in October 1931.

sun-yat-sen-hall01The overseas Chinese and the citizens of Guangzhou built it on the donations, in memory of Dr Sun Yat-sen( 1866-1925) the forerunner of the Chinese revolution.

This was the original place where the governor's house of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces of the Qing Dynasty were seated, and used as the presidential house in which Dr Sun Yat-sen held the office of provisional president in 1921. Lu Yanzi (1894-1929), a famous young Chinese architect, designed the memorial hall. The hall is an octagonal palace-like building was built of steel and reinforced. Owing to the skillful application of mechanical and acoustic theory, this splendid building has only four columns on each side to support its four big arch-shaped steel trusses.

These trusses in turn hold the other eight main trusses, thus forming a huge octagon at the top of the central hall. Due to the large span of the trusses, a great hall is formed with neither echo nor pillars to obstruct the spectators' view.

The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall attracts more and more visitors to Guangzhou each year.