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Mausoleum of Chen Jiageng
25/08/2012 07:32:34    Author : kathyby66@gmail.com    Browse : 2863

Mausoleum of Chen Jiageng

The Mausoleum of Chen Jiageng is situated in Turtle Park in Jimei Town, Xiamen City of Fujian Province.

Chen Jiageng was born in 1874 in Xiamen City. He lived in Singapore for a long time dealing in rubber trade. Chen, who devoted himself to the culture and education and other public services for overseas Chinese, as well as for those in his hometown, was a well-known leader of patriotic overseas Chinese. In his early days, he joined the Chinese Revolutionary League, established by Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1905, and raised financial aid for Sun Yat-sen"s revolutionary activities as well as opened Xiamen University and other schools.

After the September 18 Incident, striving for national salvation in Singapore, Chen proposed the founding of the Southeast Asia Overseas Chinese Fundraising General Association in 1938, of which he was appointed chairman. After the nation triumphed over the Japanese, Chen published the Nanqiao Daily to join in the many patriotic and democratic activities.

Returning to the motherland after the founding of the People"s Republic of China, Chen successively held posts in the Central Government as a member of the Central Government, vice-chairman of the Chinese People"s Political Consultative Conference, a member of the Standing Committee of National People"s Congress, a member of the Overseas Chinese" Affairs Committee and chairman of All-China Returned Overseas Chinese Federation. On August 12, 1961, Chen Jiageng died of an illness in Beijing and his remains were buried in Turtle Park.

Shaped like a turtle, the Mausoleum of Chen Jiageng is covered by 13 huge, blue terrazzos, and is surrounded by stone screens with relief sculptures showing the important experiences of his life. The tombstone is piled up with granite stones bearing a gilded inscription written in Lishu (official script), an ancient style of calligraphy used in the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220) onwards.


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