Office of the President

Office of the President
Located in Zhongshan Road, it is the headquarters of past emperors and later, the Nationalist government. The Palace includes the offices of many top governmental officials, including Chang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen, as well as the residence of Sun Yat-sen. It is one the few places in mainland China where the flag of the Republic of China still flies.

Office of the President
It has been 600 years since the Marquis of Guide's Palace and the King of Han's Palace were constructed in the early Ming Dynasty, on the site now occupied by the Presidential Palace. During the period of Qing Dynasty, the Liangjiang Governor-General Yamen was located here. In 1853, the Palace of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom was built here as the official residence of the Heavenly King, Hong Xiuquan. Following the establishment of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yatsen took the oath of Provisional President in this compound on January 1, 1912 and it had been used as the office of the Nationalist Government after the April of 1927. During the years of the Anti-Japanese War, the Japanese army and Chinese puppet regime occupied the buildings here. After the Japan's defeat, the Nationalist Government returned to Nanjing in 1946 and in 1948 the compound became the Presidential Palace.