- Posted November 16, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in China
"Father of the nation "
Of the things I saw in China, I had many things to write a story about. In fact I wrote and uploaded several stories on IReport (thank you) and thought I had concluded with the story “Streets of China”, but in the corner of my head, there was one more story I wanted to write. It is about “Father of the nation”.
We called him “Son Bun” in Japan. That’s why I could not figure out who Dr. Sun Yat-Sen was when I found his name in our travel itinerary.
Probably every Chinese knows him, but for the people who do not him, the following is the brief explanation about Dr. Sun Yat-Sen from Wikipedia.
Sun Yat-sen (12 November 1866 – 12 March 1925) was a Chinese revolutionary and first president and founding father of the Republic of China ("Nationalist China"). As the foremost pioneer of Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the "Father of the Nation" in the Republic of China (ROC), and the "forerunner of democratic revolution" in the People's Republic of China.
In my memory from my study at high school, he fought with Japan and then fought with the Chinese communist party, and for this reason, I had never expected to see his mausoleum in People’s Republic of China (Socialist China). “How could you build a mausoleum for your enemy?”
But later I learned that he is the first president of “Republic of China” which was built after overthrowing the Qing Dynasty in1912 and this is the reason he is respected even in the People’s Republic of China as “forerunner of democratic revolution”
When we arrived at his mausoleum in Nanjing, the first thing we noticed was the blue roof of the building. Our guide explained that that symbolizes the sky. We moved forward through the gates which showed his words “The world is for people”. Then, our view suddenly opened up and appeared in front of us was a flight of 392 stairs, which indicates the China’s population 392 million at the time this place was built.
We climbed up to the top and then looked back.
I could not believe the breathtaking view we saw!
On the top, there was a building with his slogan “Democracy, Welfare, Nationalism” in which his statue was placed that we could see but his coffin was kept in a hidden room.
The Mausoleum is well designed reflecting one of the Feng shui principles that is the building with a mountain behind and nice view in the front invites many lucks. I think the principle is not just a superstition but is backed up by the psychological fact since the view from the top certainly makes people happy. When people are happy, they do good things, especially, when “Father of the nation” is watching you from the summit.