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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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Beautiful Gardens!

Lovely gardens guided by a great guide who knew his stuff! Very interesting and good value for money!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely gardens guided by a great guide who knew his stuff! Very interesting and good value for money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This tour was much better than I ever expected...Be sure to take a tour with a guide, no extra charge and you will learn so much more interesting information. The garden is in the center of Chinatown. Peaceful lovely setting. The jade green pond water creates a tranquil atmosphere and reflects buildings, rocks and plants. Jade is the favorite Chinese... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

There are kind of 2 sections to this garden that shares the same pond - one is a public park (free) and the other, with fee ($25 for a family pass). The "with fee" section is the Ming Garden, fitted with halls, pavilions, study room, etc. Take the free tour that points out the relevant highlights of each section of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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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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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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