Perched on the southern slope of Guangzhou’s Yuexiu Hill, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a monument built in 1931 in honor of the Chinese revolutionary. A bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen was erected in front of the hall in 1956, and the octagonal structure houses a collection of photos and letters from his life.
While there are several memorial halls dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat-sen around the world, this one in Guangzhou is the largest and a key landmark in the city. A day of sightseeing here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the hall, and nearly every guided city tour stops here, along with other notable attractions such as the Academy of Clan Chen, Shamian Island, and Six Banyan Temple. Those based in nearby Hong Kong can visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and other Guangzhou highlights on a day trip to the Chinese mainland.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is one of Guangzhou’s most notable landmarks—a must-see for first-time visitors.
- While the grounds are free to explore, expect to pay a small fee to access the exhibition areas.
- Give yourself about two hours to explore the hall and its grounds.
- How to Get There
- The easiest way to reach Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall if you’re not on a guided tour is to take the Guangzhou metro (line 2) to Memorial Hall. Numerous public buses also stop nearby.
When to Get There
The memorial hall is open daily throughout the year. Since much of its 16 acres (6.5 hectares) are outdoors (and with nearby Yuexiu Mountain to explore), plan to visit on a clear day when the weather is cool.
Who Was Sun Yat-sen?
Sun Yat-sen is best known as the father of the Republic of China (Taiwan), but he started his life in Guangzhou prefecture and later became involved with a group of revolutionaries in Hong Kong in the 1890s. After taking part in the first Guangzhou uprising against China’s Qing dynasty in 1895, Sun spent several years in exile before returning and successfully overthrowing the Qing dynasty in 1911.