Chinese Premier Hu Jintao on Sunday paid homage to Sun Yat-sen, the man who pioneered the democratic revolution in the country.
About 3000 people, including top CPC leaders, government and military officials besides Sun's relatives took part in the grand gathering convened at the Great Hall of the People here to commemorate Sun's 140th birth anniversary.
Sun is known across the country as a "great revolutionist and statesman" who fought against feudalism and imperialist aggression. He had led a 20 year revolutionary struggle against dictatorial rulers before establishing the Chinese Republic in 1912 with him as president.
Sun was born in 1866 in south China's Guangdong Province and died of illness in Beijing on March 12, 1925.