The Museum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Address: Cuiheng Village, Zhongshan, Guangdong Province
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (last tickets: 16:30)
General admission: Free (passport required for entry, with a max of 33,000 admitted daily)
The museum is situated in the mountainous village of Cuiheng, where the former residence of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), the founding father of the Republic of China, is located. Established in 1956 and occupying an area of 200,000 square meters, it is also known as the Zhongshan Museum of Folk Customs and the Zhongshan Institute of Dr. Sun Yat-sen .
The Zhongshan Museum of Folk Customs is engaged in the research of folk culture, the acquisition of cultural folk relics, and the preservation of the residences and customs of Cuiheng village and the Pearl River Delta region, as well as the protection and preservation of folk relics and culture. The Zhongshan Institute of Dr. Sun Yat-sen is dedicated to the study of the social environment (including the folk customs of the Pearl River Delta region) in which Sun Yat-sen was born and raised, his life experiences, family history, relatives and descendants, his contemporaries, cultural relics related to him and his thoughts. A Library under the administration of the museum has been set up to house Dr. Sun's writings, research monographs, and relevant literature.
Permanent exhibitions feature Sun Yat-sen's family, his career, the local residential architecture and custom, and the intangible cultural heritage of the city of Zhongshan. Accessible is the former residence of Dr. Sun, a two-storey Western-style building designed and commissioned by himself with the money wired by his eldest brother Sun Mei from Honolulu in 1892. It is now restored to as it was during the period from 1892 to 1895, during which he wrote the 8,000-character petition to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) mandarin Li Hongzhang (1823-1901), presenting his political ideas for reforming the Qing court's rule of China for modernization.
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