Plan your Nanjing tour? Zhongshan Mountain National Park （钟山风景名胜区）is definitely on your bucket list for your first trip to Nanjing.
Zhongshan Mountain National Park
Zhongshan Mountain National Park is located in Purple Mountain (also known as Zhongshan Mountain), Xuanwu District, Nanjing. Zhongshan Mountain National Park is recognized by Google Map as “Zhongshan Mountain Scenic Spot”.
There are numerous scenic and historical spots both at the national and provincial level in the park. The four highlights of the park are Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage and Linggu Temple Scenic Area.
Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum: free of charge
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum: 70 yuan ( World Heritage)
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage: 10 yuan
Linggu Temple Scenic Area: 35 yuan
How to get to Zhongshan Mountain National Park
Public Bus: take sightseeing bus Line 4 and get off at East Zhongshan Bus Stop, then walk about 791 meters to get to Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausoleum, the heart of the park.
In the huge scenic area, there are free shuttle small trains going between the Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen and the Mausoleum of Ming Xiaoling, and you can use your entrance ticket for free ride.
How to Visit Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage (音乐台）
Follow me to visit the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage, which is located adjacent to the south of Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum, just a 13-minute walk from the Mausoleum to the music stage.
Take a stroll down along the stone steps leading to the famous Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage. The Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage was designed by the well-known artchitects Guan Songsheng and Yang Tingbao.
Its construction was completed in 1933 with the donations from the oversea Chinese in San Francisco and the Liaoning Branch of Kuomintang. The music platform is a supporting project of The Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, mainly used for the musical performance and assembly speech during the ceremony to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
The music stage features the Chinese and Western architectural style in the use of natural environment, as well as the layout and facade, fully absorbing the characteristics of ancient Greek architecture, and the use of Chinese jiangnan classical garden form as well.
The open air musical stage is shaped like a semi-circle fan with the center as a stage, behind which there is an echo wall for collecting sound.
The semi-circle lawn can accommodate the audience of 3,000. Today the hall site has become a leisure park for holidaymakers who come here for rewinding, picnic, wedding photography and so on. The open-air music stage is teeming with numerous white doves, a symbol of love and peace.
These lively doves are quite friendly to visitors without showing any trace of fear. People play with them, feed them and make friends with them.
In December 2017, the musical platform of Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum was listed as China’s 20th century architectural heritage.
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If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for organized tours to Jiangsu Province:
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