Members of a delegation from Taiwan's pro-unification New Party paid their respects yesterday at Guangzhou's Huanghuagang Martyrs' Park which honours those who sacrificed their lives in an uprising against the Qing dynasty. In rituals that mirrored earlier visits by Kuomintang and People First Party delegations, New Party chairman Yok Mu-ming took the lead as members bowed three times before a memorial tablet. He then watered a pine tree planted by Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, and said that his party sought the 'noble spirit' of the young martyrs who died in the name of the Chinese people. 'They were 29 years old on average and they sacrificed their lives for the Chinese nation,' Mr Yok said. 'As Chinese, let us reflect on their struggle,' he added, as sweat streamed down his forehead. 'We not only seek our roots but their noble spirit ... our sweat today is nothing compared to the blood these young people shed which brought hope to the Chinese people.' The 129,000 square metre park in the centre of Guangzhou marks the graves of 72 people killed in the Huanghuagang uprising in 1911. Several hundred mostly elderly people and their grandchildren lined the path and applauded Mr Yok and his party yesterday. Many strained to get a better view of the visitors while some came with cameras to take souvenir photos. The 30-member delegation also met Guangzhou Mayor Zhang Guangning before leaving for Nanjing . The party's 'journey of the [Chinese] nation' will also take in Dalian and Beijing.