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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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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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The free garden was a pleasant surprise

We stumbled upon the garden while walking around China Town. We did not bother with paid part as we were happy with the other section. It was a quiet oasis in the middle of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon the garden while walking around China Town. We did not bother with paid part as we were happy with the other section. It was a quiet oasis in the middle of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Have heard about the gardens for years, but despite living close to the city, just never took the time to visit them. Time your visit for when you will want a break from the hustle bustle of regular tourist activities. Take the tour, enjoy the tea and then sit down somewhere for a picnic lunch.

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Apex, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

It was ok. The event we attended at the convention center threw a cocktail hour at this place. Great setting for that kind of thing. Not sure I would he wowed otherwise.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The pictures submitted really make this garden look better than it is. I went through the free part, when I found the way to the better looking stuff I saw there was a price to see it. So I only went through the free part, was not that great, would not go out of my way to see it again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We paid 11 dollars (canadian) each which was senior rate. We'd seen all the garden in 15 mins. Save your money and go to the free garden right next door.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This garden does a good job removing you from the city. I was too late for the guided tour, and too early to wait for the next one, so I walked myself through the garden and corridors. There is actually a lot to see if you take the time to look. Each piece and part of the garden has a... More 

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

You might not think to visit a garden on a rainy day, but in this case it's a perfect choice. A covered walkway around a central courtyard garden provides endless viewpoints for all the gardens as well as access to the tea house and museum rooms. I would like to visit again on a sunny day to see the contrast,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Not worth paying for unless you really are into gardens and have never seen a Chinese garden before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I've been here multiple times and it's a great attraction if you like nature, but today is the first I've taken the free tour and realised how much I hadn't noticed before! Hugely informative and very interesting!

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This garden is a nice way to spend an hour or so. The buildings were painstakingly made in the original style, without using glue or nails and there are a handful of interesting textiles to see. But other than that, if you're pressed for time, you won't be missing anything by skipping this.

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