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Martyrs Cemetery and Memorial Hall

Updated: Apr 9, 2018 Print

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Martyrs Cemetery and Memorial Hall in Donglan

In western Donglan county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, the Martyrs Cemetery and Memorial Hall provides a 29,720-square-meter facility with a Memorial Hall, Memorial Tower, Tomb of Wei Baqun, Monument to the Donglan Liberation Battle, Stone Sculptures, Memorial Pavilion and Memorial Activities Square. The Memorial Hall features 190 meters of mounted displays with more than 600 historical items falling under the following themes: the Great Revolution and the Agrarian Revolution; War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression; Liberation War; Aiding Vietnam and Resisting the US; War of Resistance Against US Aggression and Aiding Korea; Self-Defense Attack on Vietnam; Red Army Generals and Old Cadres; Paying Tribute to Revolutionary Martyrs; For A Brighter Future.

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Martyrs Cemetery and Memorial Hall in Donglan

Eight exhibition halls provide floor space of 1420 square meters. In 2009, the Party Committee and local government of Donglan county agreed to expand the cemetery in honor of the 115th anniversary of the birth of Wei Baqun, heroic leader of the Guangxi peasant uprising. The expansion covered 8 hectares with 5.88 hectares for construction or renovation of the Mausoleum for Generals, Sculptures of Generals, Meeting Square and the Wei Baqun Memorial. Previously, the Cemetery and Memorial Hall were called the Mausoleum of Wei Baqun the Martyr, and funded by the Central Government. In 1958, General Zhang Yunyi wrote the inscription for the Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs and Memorial Tower, opening it officially. In February 1963, the Wei Baqun Mausoleum became a cultural site under Guangxi regional protection. Then, on Oct 15, 1986, the State Council put the Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs on its list of State-protected memorials and gave it its current name.

In April 2011, the park joined the National Scenic Spot and Scenic Zone for Red Tourism list and in December received national AAAA scenic zone status. Even after the War of Liberation ended in 1949, the Cemetery and Memorial Hall have remained important sites for traditional revolutionary education in Guangxi.

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