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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Address: 578 Carrall St. | Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number: 604-662-3207
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: An oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling Chinatown, Dr. Sun...
An oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling Chinatown, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first ever Chinese garden built outside of China and is a model of a Ming Dynasty scholar's home. It is a non-profit organization connecting cultures & communities through festivals, live music, art exhibits, theatre, education & wellness programs.In 2011, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden was named one of the "Top Ten City Gardens" in the world by National Geographic in their publication "Secret Journeys of a Lifetime".
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This was just my personal experience, so obviously yours will likely be different. This is just a heads up of what could happen to you. First of all, the garden is not in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This was just my personal experience, so obviously yours will likely be different. This is just a heads up of what could happen to you. First of all, the garden is not in a good area of the city. We decided to walk from our hotel, and I'm glad we decided to go in the morning. I know the homeless... More 

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Gympie, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We just visited the free park for a quiet stroll before heading towards China Town, which is really only two streets. The whole area surrounding the gardens appeared run down. Over the wall is the SYS garden but we did not bother and also did not think it worth paying a fee.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you have any interest in Chinese Classical Gardens in the Ming Dynasty- this is the place for you. Incongruously in the city center it is not in a good neighborhood. The tour is excellent- it would not be easy to understand all the symbols without it.

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Prince George, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

a rip off the day i went, half was closed. good get the same tranquility next store for free in the park just the other side of the wall.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Absolutely fantastic make sure you have your camera and be prepared to take lots of photos. Nice and relaxing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Don't get me wrong by the title - if you're visiting Vancouver, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden is a great place to visit - but I what I was disappointed in was the cost of the guided tour. Half the price and it would have been fine, and they would probably get twice or more as many visitors through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

It's absolutly an amazing place to be in the spring to enjoy the colorful place and nature. If you're a photographer and nature lover, do miss to visit the place in the spring.

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Surrey, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Having visited this site many times we had not availed ourselves of the free guided tour of the garden. This 35 minutes was extremely educating and Jonathan was a very knowledgeable and gracious host. Highly recommend that visitors time their visits to take advantage and learn the history and nuances of these beautiful installations.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I had a bit of time in the morning before my conference started, so I cam to check out the small garden. I would have taken the tour (free with admission) if I had time, but there was a self-guided tour pamphlet that pointed out some of the important attributes of the garden. Hot tea comes free with admission and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We explored the free garden when we went. It was during the work day and it was so peaceful to walk around. Although it was winter, it was still very nice to explore and we had a great time!

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