Zhongshan Mountain National Park, Nanjing
（南京市钟山风景名胜区-中山陵园风景区 nān jīng zhōng shān fēng jǐng míng shèng qū zhōng shān líng yuān fēng jǐng qū）
Zhongshan Mountain National Park, located in Nanjing’s Xuanwu district, was among the first batch of 5A scenic areas in China.
The national park includes several prestigious tourist attractions, such as Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Meiling Palace, Music Stage, Ming Tomb and Linggu scenic area.
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is the tomb of Dr Sun Yat-sen and is regarded as a masterpiece among all buildings of the former Republic of China. Near the mausoleum are the Music Stage, the Liuhui Waterside Pavilion, the Sutra Depository and other auxiliary memorial buildings.
The Music Stage, designed in an integrated Chinese and Western style, is an auxiliary building of Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, and achieves perfect harmony between nature and buildings by combining ancient Greek architecture and Chinese classical gardens from the southern regions of the Yangtze River.
The Ming Tomb is the mausoleum of Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and Empress Ma. It initiated a new construction standard system, which was followed by all the other imperial mausoleums during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Shixiang Road, Plum Blossom Hill, Zixia Lake and other scenic areas are very beautiful.
Located at Xiaohongshan (200 meters east of the Square City of the Ming Tomb in Zhongshan Scenic Area) and built in 1931-1934, the main building of Meiling Palace is a three-storied palatial building of ancient architectural style, with strong national conception in its appearance. It is luxurious and glows with a glazed roof, upturned eaves, carved beams and painted rafters.
Other sites in Linggu scenic area include the Linggu Temple, an ancient temple of six dynasties, the tomb of Baozhi (a noted monk of the Liang Dynasty (502-557)), the Wangong Pond of the Ming Dynasty, China's largest Beamless Hall, the Linggu Pagoda built in the period of the former Republic of China, the Songfeng Pavilion, and tombs of Tan Yankai, Deng Yanda and other important figures of the former Republic of China.
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Ideal Sightseeing Season: spring and autumn
Opening Hours: 7 am-6:30 pm
Recommended Visiting Time: four to five hours
The Ming Tomb 70 yuan ($10)
Linggu scenic area 35 yuan
The Music Stage 10 yuan
Meiling Palace 30 yuan
Ticket package of all above 100 yuan
Address: South of Purple Mountain, Xuanwu district, Nanjing
Website: http://www.tjnhm.com (Chinese)
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