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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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We enjoyed the opportunity to join a docent-led tour of the garden. It provided added insight into the experience. Since the tours are only offered at limited times during the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Although the garden is situated close by a busy road and, on Sunday near the football pitches, the garden is a little oasis amongst the bustle of the city. One can easily rest here to enjoy the gardens and peaceful lake in the midst of the grounds. The artefacts on show are interesting and the regular tour guide gives many... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

There's not much left of Vancouver's Chinatown. (If you want good Chinese food head out to Richmond.) The gate of Sun Yat-Sen park is set back from the main street. It doesn't look like much from the street, but there is a beautiful park behind the main gate. There are walking paths, a large pond full of coy and turtles... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the opportunity to join a docent-led tour of the garden. It provided added insight into the experience. Since the tours are only offered at limited times during the day, you may wish to check the schedule when planning your visit. One of the nice options was to try your hand at calligraphy. Free tea was also available.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Don't miss the tour to understand all of the symbolism in this garden built to honor Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Built in the 1980's by master craftsmen from China, it is an example of a scholar's garden from the Ming Dynasty era. A window deep into Chinese culture and philosophy. Wonderful craftsmanship. May be boring for younger kids but fascinating for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Hidden in China Town is a traditional Chinese garden pagodas, carp, water lilies all you could envisage a Chinese garden to be. Charming and an Oasis of calm.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We found this a bit disappointing as there are much nicer gardens, maybe the thing that clouded our reviews on this were being harassed with another couple by a person quite of their face on something just outside of the gardens 7 we couldn't wait to get away. We didn't feel at all safe here, we just about ran through... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We understood this was one of the best free things to do in Vancouver. However - the public park IS free - but not worth a special visit. Dirty water, a couple of large koi, a turtle or two, lots of bamboo. The garden MAY be great - but we don't really know. We thought it was very pricey so... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We visited in the early morning, admission to parts of the garden is a little pricey at $14, we walked through the free portion and took photos.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I think we came at an awkward time between spring and summer. There were some water lilies blooming. I did really like seeing the Terra-Cotta warriors in the gift shop. They also had a guitar duet on the paths that were very nice. We did not opt for the paid tour, which may have made the experience better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

These are beautiful gardens and you should definitely take the tour as the description of the functions of all the different spaces was really interesting.

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Address: Address: 578 Carrall St. | Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number: 604-662-3207
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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