Longhua Martyrs Cemetery

Xuhui, Shanghai, China

About Longhua Martyrs Cemetery

The Longhua Martyrs Cemetery in Shanghai is a memorial to those who died under the regime of the Kuomintang, led by Chiang Kai-shek.

In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the site of the Longhua Martyrs Cemetery was a Kuomintang prison where hundreds of communists were executed in an attempt to obliterate the communist movement. It is a memorial to the fight for communism prior to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

In addition to various sculptures and a Memorial Hall, the cemetery sits on the location of the actual execution ground and visitors can also view the prison itself.

During World War II (the Second Sino-Japanese War in the region), the site of the Longhua Martyrs Cemetery was a vast Japanese internment camp. Prisoners included many westerners as depicted in the film Empire of the Sun.

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