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Premier Wen visits Chinese martyr's cemetery in DPRK

CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao today visited a Chinese martyrs' cemetery in Hoechang County of South Phyongan Province during his tour to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The cemetery is the largest among dozens for the Chinese People's Volunteer Army soldiers who died in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea over half a century ago, including Mao Anying, son of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Tens of thousands of Chinese volunteer soldiers died in the war.

The cemetery, completed in 1957, is built halfway up a 152-meter-high mountain, with a total area of 90,000 square meters.

Zhou Enlai, the late Chinese premier, paid his tribute to the martyrs at the cemetery when he visited the DPRK in 1958.

The words "Martyrs Cemetery of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army" are inscribed both in Chinese and Korean on the front gate of the cemetery. Behind the 240 stone steps towers a Chinese-style gate.

A traditional Chinese hexagonal pavilion stands behind the gate. Its horizontal beams have 311 colorful paintings, a pictorial tribute to the heroic deeds of those Chinese who sacrificed their lives in the war.

On the square of the cemetery, there is a 3-meter-high bronze statue of an unnamed Chinese volunteer soldier standing on a 14-meter-high stone pedestal.

In all, there are 134 tombs of fallen Chinese volunteer soldiers. The tombs are in the soft shadows of pines and cypresses.


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