Although the city is relatively unknown to tourists, as there's little to keep them here, Zhongshan is known to practically every Chinese person in the country. Why? Once called Xiangshan, the city was renamed in honor of the father of modern China, you guessed it - Dr. Sun Zhongshan, more widely known as, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
If you happen to sojourn here for a day or two there are only a couple sights to keep you busy. As you can imagine, there's no shortage of pavilions and museums dedicated to Sun Yat-sen. You'll find a memorial pavilion dedicated to Sun Yat-sen in spacious Zhonghan Park, near Fufeng Wenta (Fufeng Pagoda), a seven-story structure erected in 1608. You'll also find the Sun Yat-sen museum in town, as well as Sunwen Memorial Park, home to the world's largest bronze sculpture of Sun Yat-sen.
A city of leafy parks and wide boulevards, Zhongshan is one of few cities in China to have taken its blazing 18-percent growth rates with grace. As such, it's actually quite a nice place to simply stroll around. Doing so aimlessly is relaxing, but a good place to wander is the commercial pedestrian street of Sunwen Xilu (Sunwen West Rd). The lovely concourse is lined by pastel-colored shop-fronts and arcades, mostly built by Singaporean Chinese in the late 19th and early 20th century, and some retain their original stained glass.
Once it comes time to move on, you'll find Zhongshan to be a convenient transportation hub. The Zhongshangang Ferry Terminal has departures for Hong Kong nine times daily, and buses can take you to nearby Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.