To Go North in Difficulties

Date:2019-09-09      Source:北京宋庆龄故居

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In the autumn of 1924, the revolution in the South caused a strong echo in the north. Feng Yuxiang, known as General Christ, controlled Beijing and invited Sun Yat-sen to go north to discuss the grand plan of peaceful reunification.

On November 13,1924, Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling boarded the warship Yongfeng on the first leg of their journey to Beijing.

Sun and Ching Ling, changing in HongKong from the warship to a civilian vessel, arrived on November 17 in shanghai.

To prepare for what lay ahead, they worked, talked, and faithfully paced the decks for exercise.

In Kode, the beautiful port city in which they had once honeymooned, they stayed for nearly a week.

Soong Ching Ling with Sun Yat-sen attending and inscribing a scroll which is still treasured there, gave a speech to the Kobe Girls' Middle School.

One of her first independent public pronouncements, it dealt with women's liberation.

On November 30, she left with Sun Yat-sen, seen off by thousands, on a Japanese ship for Tianjin in North China.

But before reaching China, he was attacked by agonizing liver pains. He landed on December 4, pale and drawn. Ching Ling’s face, too, showed anxiety.

In Beijing where they went by train, Sun was too ill to speak to a welcoming throng at the station. In a written message, he told them"I have come out not to contend for position or power, but together with you, to save the nation."