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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

578 Carrall St. | Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada (Downtown)
604-662-3207
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Ranked #47 of 185 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Gardens, Parks
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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". « less
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Irving, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The guide we had terrific and entertaining, but the gardens a little small for what they charge ($14). However, Koi feeding time is around 11:00-11:30 and that may have been fun to see (?). The grounds a gorgeous and the pond has numerous flowers and lilly pads!

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New Jersey, United States
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37 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

There is a large outer garden that was lovely and peaceful, especially before it opens. There I had fun watching the ducks and just looking at the flowers/shrubbery and walking along the paths. I did pay the $15 to get into the inner part of the gardens. Although the buildings were decorated with some pretty carvings, I didn't think it... More

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Laval, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is terrible. The water of the coi pound is brown. It's been abandoned form years. Not, I say not, a place to stop. It is a stop on "the big bus tour" but dont get out. We decided to walk to Gas town. Between china town and gas town, it's full of homeless people. Scary for a few blocks.... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife brought me here (happy wife, happy life). High entry price, but you do get a cup of tea at the end...Anyways, it's a neat little garden/pond area in the middle of a busy city. Awesome stone floor work, and some bonsai trees, but that is about it. Left a bad taste in my mouth as well, since across... More

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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our Big Bus Tour stops outside this garden and for it's size it is over priced. Despite this, it is very unique and beautiful with lots of information. The garden has ponds which contain vibrant, orange fish and water lilies. The garden also contains traditional plants, sculptures and buildings. I think this is a great visit for anyone who wants... More

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DUblin, Ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Needed to kill a few hours with kids and picked this place. Thought we might stay 30 mins but decided to take the tour. It was fascinating to hear the explanations of everything and the chinese symbolism and the contrast to western gardens. Worth a visit!

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Found this place almost by accident. Vancouver Chinatown was disappointing overall but this garden certainly made the visit worthwhile. The garden is beautiful and the guided tour was very interesting. The admission price is perhaps a tad steep but this place definitely worth a visit.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our volunteer tour guide Gary knew the culture, history, design details and horticulture to a "T". We hesitated even after seeing good reviews with an admission cost of almost 35.00. Thankfully we decided to go on a rainy day since the walkways are all covered. We are so glad we did. The gardens are divided into country and design types.... More

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Rückersdorf, Deutschland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Park is nice with a nice pond and can be entered for free. The Chinese Garden though is an adjacent separated area and requires an entrance fee of $28 for a family. for this price to get to see a small garden area. not worth to spend the money unless you really feel you must see... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you go, then try and join the guided tour as you will learn so much about the Chinese philosophy and approach to the gardens belonging to scholars. Then you can take your time to wander through the garden again before having a free cup of china tea. Some great photo opportunities as well, although you will have to be... More

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