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A Gathering of Heroes in Zhongshan Park

This article was originally published on April 12, 2010, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

Monumental face of Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) at the west end of Zhongshan Park
If you've ever headed west on Shennan toward the crossing into Bao'an, you may have noticed a large sculpture of a kind-looking man's face, with sad eyes and a drooping mustache, gazing from the north side of the road.

The image of Dr. Sun Zhongshan (better known in the west as Sun Yat-sen, 1866-1925), one of the greatest heroes of modern China, is the largest of a collection of sculptures in Zhongshan Park called "A Gathering of Heroes."

Wen TianXiang (1236-1283)
See, for example, the red stone bas-relief of Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283), Duke of Xinguo, a scholar-general who stood up to Kublai Khan despite being captured and tortured.

Wang Hong (early 1500s)
Or find the surprisingly modern-looking image of Wang Hong (early 1500s) with a cannon near his face. He presented captured Portuguese cannons to the emperor for "reverse engineering" in the Ming Dynasty.

Guan Tianpei (1781-1841)
Then there's the very modern image of Guan Tianpei (1781-1841) with a sword across his lap. A Qing Dynasty naval commander who supported Lin Zexu's opium ban, he was responsible for many British defeats, and died defending Humen.

Zeng Sheng (1910-1995)
Several other statues dot the park; signs (in Chinese only) tell who they are. My favorite, though, is the smiling image of (Mr. and Mrs.!) Zeng Sheng (1910-1995), born in Longgang, who accepted the surrender of the Japanese Army in Guangdong in 1945.

Naval hero Lai Enjue (1795-1848) whose who once lived in Dapeng Fortress
Zhongshan Park is easily found near the west end of Shennan Boulevard in Nanshan. The way to "A Gathering of Heroes" is well-signed. The park also contains a large lake, and is next to the "Xin'an Gucheng," an ancient village described in my article "Xin'an Ancient City."

Another article in the Shenzhen Daily: Nantou Ancient City, the root of Shenzhen’s history

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