Located in the west of the central city area, the Cemetery of Soong Ching Ling who used to be the honorary president of the People’s Republic of China was built in 1984 with the approval of the central committee. It’s the national key cultural relic’s protection unit.
Covering an area of 12 hectares, the Cemetery of Soong Ching Ling is mainly composed of four parts, including Memorial Facilities of Soong Ching Ling, Cemetery of Celebrity, Cemetery of Foreigners and Kid’s Activity Area. Soong Ching Ling Monument is located on the east of the main road and the exhibition room of Soong Ching Ling’s life story is at the end of the main road. Kids Museum is in the southeast of the Cemetery of Soong Ching Ling, consists of a complex building, a spaceflight hall, a navigation hall and a movie hall.
Besides abundant human landscape, the Cemetery of Soong Ching Ling boasts elegant natural scenery, such as the big grass lawn covering an area of thousands of square meters, the ancient arhat pine with a history of over 300 years, the 150-year-old osmanthus trees, the 100-year-old southern magnolia trees, hundreds of tall dragon junipers and cedars and thousands of camphor trees, which are prosperous all the year round. At present, the Cemetery of Soong Ching Ling has become a tourist attraction integrating commemoration and sightseeing, which also functions as an important base for patriotism and the construction of socialist spiritual civilization.
Cemetery Facilities: The memorial facilities centered on the Cemetery of Soong Ching Ling are the main parts of the cemetery, mainly including the Song’s Cemetery, Memorial Square, the marble statue of Soong Ching Ling, Soong Ching Ling monument and the exhibition room of Soong Ching Ling’s life story. The exhibition room is 137 meters long, displaying over 400 pictures and over 100 material objects that are vivid and visual, which shows the glorious life of Soong Ching Ling panoramically.
Cemetery of Celebrity: Covering an area of over 5,500 square meters, Cemetery of Celebrity is located in the northwest of Soong Ching Ling Cemetery, which is the cemetery of the celebrities who made great contributions during democratic revolution period and socialist construction period and the patriotic personages of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who enjoyed great influence at home and abroad. Through the praise of the celebrities’ outstanding achievements, the cemetery aims at providing patriotism education for youngsters.
Cemetery of Foreigners: Cemetery of Foreigners is located in the northeast of Soong Ching Ling Cemetery, covering an area of about 7,200 square meters, which is the cemetery of some famous foreign celebrities who offered support and made contributions to China’s democratic revolution and socialist construction.
Shanghai Kids Museum: Located in the southeast of Soong Ching Ling Cemetery, Shanghai Kids Museum is a child playing space and one of the bases for popularization of science and education in Shanghai with the theme of Soong Ching Ling, peace and future, covering a building area of over 4,600 square meters. It has four exhibition areas, including the science area, interaction and explore area, theme exhibition area and children’s reading area. In 1999, Shanghai Kids Museum was named the national popular science education base. In 2006, the functions of the museum were improved and renovated completely. After renovation, Shanghai Kids Museum aims at being an informal educational institution for children between 2 and 14 years old, acting as a paradise for children to do active exploration.