The Sights of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU)

Sun Yat-Sen University (or Zhongshan University) has a total of four campuses, and visitors usually visit the South Campus. The South Campus is the former Lingnan University. There are many old houses, many of them are even covered with moss, and some of them can be considered to be ruined, but the school has no intention of dismantling because they have witnessed the growth and rise. The red old house is surrounded by lush trees, and the avenue is completely covered by trees. The combination of simplicity and tranquility is just right.

The South Campus Gate is the main entrance of the South Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University. If you enter the school from the South Gate, you can first see the towering trees on both sides of the main road. These trees have a history of hundreds of years and walk on the boulevard. peaceful. The famous buildings of Sun Yat-sen University are on the main road, so you can visit the main road.

Pictured above is the memorial archway at the North gate square which is surrounded by large public area and gardens located on the South Campus.

Historical buildings and sights on the grounds include on the North Campus: Medical Library which dates back to 1918, the Administration Building (or red building) also completed in 1918, Medical Science Museum, and Guanghua School of Stomatology building.

On the South Campus: North Gate square and memorial archway, Xing Pavillion and bell, Scholar Archway, Blackstone House, Martin Hall, Swasey Hall, the central lawn, and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue.

On the east campus there is the massive new library, School of Engineering building, and stadium.

The university has a long history, originating from a merger of universities including the Lingnan University (CN: 岭南大学) which was interestingly a Christian university founded by an American,  Andrew P. Happer. The university was merged with others and renamed after Sat Yun-sen who was the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party, overthrew the Qing Dynasty, and is heralded as the father of modern China.

There are a lot of historic buildings here showcasing Western and Chinese architecture over time along with the beautiful gardens.

The university itself is in the top ten in China, providing undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technology, medical science, pharmacology, and managerial science. It is also home to China’s famous supercomputer, Tianhe-2, which is among the world’s fastest.

Opening hours: The outside can be visited all day and the interior is not open to the public. No ticket required.

North Campus: No. 74, Zhongshan 2nd Road, Guangzhou
South Campus: No. 135, Xingang Road West, Guangzhou
East Campus: Xiaoguwei Island, Panyu District, Guangzhou

The South Campus is the most interesting for visitors.



  • CN Name: 中山大学
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  • EN Address: No. 135, Xingang West Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
  • CN Address: 广州市海珠区新港西路135号

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