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Exhibition pays tribute to Sun Yat-sen’s industrial vision

By Dara Wang
Exhibition pays tribute to Sun Yat-sen’s industrial vision
Sun Yat-sen's book, The International Development of China , published in 1919, was on ideas of China’s modernization. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - An exhibition on the industrial development vision of China’s democratic revolution forerunner Sun Yat-sen opened on Thursday at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum in Central. This is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth and to emphasize the success of China’s modernization.

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History, the exhibition centers on the modernization ideas that Sun developed in his book, The International Development of China, in 1919, from railway construction to building ports, said Sunny Chan Ka-leung, assistant curator of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum at the opening ceremony.

An exhibition on the industrial development vision of democratic revolution forerunner Sun Yat-sen opened at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum in Central

To help the Hong Kong public better understand the economic achievements of the nation, the exhibition presents the successful the modernization of China, things that were once proposed in Sun’s book and now have been realized or even transcended, said Yang Qi, curator of Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History.

Among the precious exhibits is Sun’s railway plan, which proposed a national railway network at a total length of some 160,000 kilometers. Aside from railway constructions in eastern and central areas, the plan covered western China including the Tibet autonomous region and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Yang said.

The 1,956-kilometer-long Qinghai-Tibet Railway that began service in July 2006 is the world's highest and longest plateau railroad, turning the “impossible mission” envisioned by Sun into reality, Yang said.

The exhibition also displays Sun’s blueprint of ports along the coastlines of China. What he called the great ports in the north, east and south are Jingtang, Yangshan and Nansha ports in today’s China, ranking as first-class international ports with throughput capacity amounting to tens of millions of tons, Yang said.

Sun was also keen to promote “national reconstruction through aviation” and set up a number of channels to develop aviation force and nourish talents, Chan said.

The aviation and seaplanes licenses of Young Sen-yet, director of aviation administration under the Grand Marshal’s Office in Guangzhou founded by Sun, were on display, Chan said.

Now China has gained remarkable achievements in aviation and space program, from its first mannedspace mission, Shenzhou-5, to the first prototype space station, Tiangong-1, which are far beyond the imagination of Sun in the early 20th century, Yang said.

dara@chinadailyhk.com

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