Sunday, April 10, 2011

ZhongShan Park in Beijing



Above: ZhongShan Park is imperial with its dynasty history. it also is revolutionary with Sun Yat-Sen (1866-1925), the founder of modern China.


ZhongShan Park in Beijing
PICTORIAL - IMPERIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY

Chinese emperors had taste for parks. Near their home in Forbidden City are three main parks: BeiHai Park, JingShan Park and ZhongShan Park. Some emperors visited ZhongShan Park regularly twice a year. For me this was the second visit in five years.

ZhongShan Park has history of thousand years. It was temple and imperial garden before coming a public park. During the times park had several names:
    • XingGuo Temple, Liao Dynasty and Jin Dynasty 916-1234 • WanShouXingGuo Temple, Yuan Dynasty 1271-1368 • ShejiTan, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty 1368-1911 • Central Park, a public park 1914-1928 • ZhongShan Park, a public park since 1928
In 1928 the park was renamed as ZhongShan Park to honor Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. He was the leader and modernist who fought against the last, Qing Dynasty. He is considered as the founder of modern China.

Sun Yat-Sen was born in 1866 in GuangDong Province, ruled in Nanjing which also has his statue, died in 1925 in Beijing and was buried to Nanjing. Sun Yat-Sen's statue in ZhongShan Park was signed by Deng XiaoPing in 1986.

In ZhongShan Park you can sense history. There are rocks from the seas, old trees, altar, fountain, pavilions, corridors, waterways, gates, concert hall, Sun Yat-Sen's statue, fresh flowers, views, people playing traditional Chinese music, and visitors from many parts of China and abroad.

Beijing ZhongShan Park is a good target for cultural surfing.


BeijingMan aka Kippo

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Pictures in this post were taken on Sunday April 10, 2011, by Canon 40D with EF-S 17-85mm lens.




Above-1: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
One of the several entrance gates.



Above-2: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. The Statue.
His original Cantonese name was Sun Yat-Sen. Sun ZhongShan was his translated Mandarin name. Deng Xiaoping signed his statue stone Nov. 1986.
"The great revolutionary forerunner Sun Yat-Sen immortal"



Above-3: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. The Statue.



Above-4: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. The Statue.



Above-5: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
The ZhongShan Hall
INFO PANEL: "First built in 1421 (the 19th year of Emperor Yongle of Ming Dynasty), The ZhongShan Hall was originally called The Hall of Worship (Baidian). It served as the resting place for the emperors during the sacrificial ceremony and the place to perform the ceremony when getting caught in the wind and rain.

Known as the magnificent work of ancient architecture, the hall was only constructed of wood. All the rafters and corner brackets was painted by goldleafs and was exposed with no ceiling inside. The ZhongShan Hall was listed as a key cultural relics protection site of China.

When Dr. Sun Yat-Sen died in 1925, the hall was temporarily served as the mourning hall for condolences and public memorial ceremony. To commemorate the pioneer of Chinese revolution, the national government of the time officially changed its name to ZhongShan Hall.

Afterwards the ZhongShan Hall has been in charge of the Beijing committee of the CPPCC and becomes an important site to memorate Dr. Sun Yat-Sen."



Above-6: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
The ZhongShan Hall



Above-7: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
Stone Lions
INFO PANEL: "This pair of stone lions were discovered and donated to the park by the commanders in chief Wang Huaiqing and Li Jieping of Daming of Hebei in 1918. The two lions weight over 4400 kilograms. Both of them are in sitting position, with head raised high. In 1956, the archeologists made the judgment that they were "artifacts of the Song Dynasty, a thousand years back from now". In the 60's of the 20th century, they were again buried underground by the staff of the park, in protection of them from the Cultural Revolution devastations, and were excavated in 1971 for public viewing."



Above-8: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Stone Lions.



Above-9: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Stone Lions.



Above-10: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
White Archway was raised to honor the German Minister Baron von Kettle who was killed during Boxer Rebellion, YiHeTuan Movement, in 1900.



Above-11: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
TianAnMen Rostrum and Forbidden City are just beside the park. Rostrum's roof can be seen from ZhongShan Park.



Above-12: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. The Greenhouse.



Above-13: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Inside the Greenhouse.



Above-14: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Inside the Greenhouse.



Above-15: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Inside the Greenhouse.



Above-16: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Inside the Greenhouse.



Above-17: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Music - Beijing Opera.
Man singer. Powerful.



Above-18: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Music - Beijing Opera.



Above-19: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Music - Beijing Opera.



Above-20: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Music - Beijing Opera.
Lady singer. Powerful.



Above-21: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Music - Beijing Opera.



Above-22: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Music - Beijing Opera.



Above-23: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
Beijing Opera.was played on that bridge.



Above-24: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-25: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-26: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-27: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-28: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. A Man meets Nature.



Above-29: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-30: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-31: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-32: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-33: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-34: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-35: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
This pink flower blossoms April-May.



Above-36: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-37: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Corridors.



Above-38: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-39: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-40: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-41: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-42: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-43: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Flower windows.



Above-44: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-45: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Tea house.



Above-46: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
Stroll like an Emperor.



Above-47: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-48: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-49: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-50: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. The Doors.



Above-51: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-52: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-53: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-54: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-55: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Bamboo.



Above-56: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-57: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-58: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. A kiosk.



Above-59: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-60: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-61: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Art?



Above-62: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-63: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-64: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-65: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Not young, not small.



Above-66: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-67: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-68: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-69: ZhongShan Park in Beijing. Info panel.



Above-70: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.



Above-71: ZhongShan Park in Beijing.
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ZhongShan Park in Beijing
+ Excellent for a few hours walk
+ Music played by a small group with singers
+ Other visitors
- No clear signs to help finding the right gate out
- Cafe and restaurant services
***** GOOD TARGET FOR CULTURAL SURFING *****


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