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What is the most prominent crisis between China and Little Japan in the 21st century? The answer is Diaoyu Island. What is the most eye-catching news on history between China and Little Japan in 2013? The answer is Yukio Hatoyama’s alleged apology trip to Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. No matter whether the apology of Yukio Hatoyama, the former prime minster of Japan, is sincere or not, it just shows a common sense that Japanese monster’s slaughter must be confessed by little Japan! Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is the most important museum to show the evil of Japan and the mausoleum of more than 300,000 civilians and unarmed soldiers of China killed bloodily by Japanese invaders.

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is located in the southwestern corner of Nanjing known as Jiangdongmen, which used to be one of the execution grounds and mass burial places of the cruel holocaust.

Occupying an area about 28000 square meters with a floor space of 3000, it was built in 1985 in memory of the 300,000 victims in the event. Later, in 1995 it was enlarged and renovated. The buildings in the complex are fashioned out of black and white granite blocks, looking spectacular and magnificent, rendering a feeling of solemnity and reverence. It is an exhibition site with historical records and objects as well as architecture, sculptures and video and film projections to unfold a specific chapter of history concerning one of the ugliest experiences forced on mankind.

The memorial hall consists of three parts: the outdoor exhibits, the remaining bones of the killed and the museum for historical material displaying. In the outdoor sector, group sculptures, full-length statues, relief carvings, signboards, monuments, redeeming and repentant tablets, withered trees and broken walls as well as a wall carved with the names of part of the victims so far that have been located cluster together with green shrubs and lawns to suggest a graveyard-style architecture with the themes of life and death, grief and indignation.

A building shaped like a coffin is to shelter some of the victims’ bones excavated from the “pits of thousands of bodies” right in the site when the memorial was in construction-an iron evidence for the bloody crimes committed by the aggressive Japanese troops. The museum lies half buried in the ground like a colossal tomb.

Inside, an immense collection of pictures, objects, charts and photographs relate the horror of the Rape of Nanjing. Through a versatility of means for exhibitions such as lighted cabinets, sand trays, clay moldings, oil paintings, micro-computers appliances, documentary shows and so on, the tragedy of the cruel holocaust in Nanjing and the beastly atrocities of the Japanese militarists are pictured and recounted.

Past experience, if not forgotten, is the guide for the future. The Nanjing Memorial has become an important site for international communities to pray for peace as well as a site for historical and cultural exchanges. In China, it is also a “national demonstrative educational base for patriotism”.

By the way, majority of people do not dare to take a trip to this scary but also sacred memorial hall of China. Perhaps it is acceptable, but to learn about today’s China’s growth and power, it is the unavoidable! To remember such a nightmarish history is to understand a truth that falling behind results in a beating. Such a bloody lesson is a warning to China but also an impetus to the development of China. This is a big sorrow in history of China and tells Chinese people the development is the hard truth. This world is changing. China in ancient times used to be the teacher of Japan, but in modern times, it was surpassed by Japan and invaded by Japanese... This is a hard time to China but also a transformation of China.

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