We had a busy day in Nánjing. We started off at the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum, a popular attraction since Sun Yatsen is recognized at the father of modern China. Hordes of people climb the stairs to the top where his tomb is. The coffin inside is sealed with a marble statue of Sun Yatsen.
After spending some time here we went to the neary Ming Xiaoling tomb, which was finished in 1383. A series of courtyards lead to this large rectangular structure, behind which is a mound which has been fully excavated.
While there isn't a lot to see at the tomb area, the avenue leading up to it is lined with various stone statues of animals and people.
Our last stop in Nánjing was the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum. The Taiping Rebellion was a civil war between the Qing empire and the Taipings, led by Hong Xiuquan. He built a palace in Nánjing complete with a very ornate throne for himself! The museum now takes up the grounds, and was originally a garden complex.