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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 189 Attractions in Vancouver
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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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Cambridge
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230 reviews 230 reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

An exquisite small walled garden built by joint Vancouver Chinese and Mainland China donations and labour. At first glance the garden may not seem to be more than a 5 minute glance, but the wonderful Chinese guide held us spellbound for more than one hour describing the intricacies and nuances of the garden and its symbolism. Well worth the time... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This was a little gem in the middle of the city. The walls around it made it quiet and serene. The plantings are lovely. While we were there part of it was under construction, so we didn't spend a lot of time there.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Very impressive, beautiful, serene garden. It is not very big, but when you just take in all the fine details and the perfect compositions and let it all sink in, it is an amazing experience. Even more so because of the contrast with the skyscrapers and busy city life all around. A perfect place to relax and contemplate.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Currently under renovation but you can still go in. But rather than paying the somewhat extortionate $12 entrance fee you can instead get a taste of the gardens by going through the other entrance for free.

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Yellowknife, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Nice park that I unexpectedly discovered. Pretty zen to take a break for the city buzz. Nice plants and water ponds.

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Missoula, Montana
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This garden is tucked away in the middle of Chinatown. It's entrance is not imposing or especially well-signed but well worth a visit. It's designed as a classical scholar's garden might have been during the Ming Dynasty in China. It was built in the late 1980's using 14th century methods of mortise and tenon: no glue, screws or power tools... More

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White Plains, New York
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

In the midst of a changing Chinatown, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Chinese Garden made the visit worthwhile. Immaculately kept, preserving the tradition of the gardens, it provided a peaceful oasis in the middle of town! The tour was very worthwhile with a very knowledgable guide who took the time to answer every quesstion and made all felt at home! Highly recommend... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

See the contrast of a classical era garden set against the backdrop high rise buildings of downtown Vancouver. There are two parts of the park, a free side and a paid side to experience the tour and understand and appreciate the detail and reasoning of the layout and elements of the park. I have been to the free side a... More

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Surrey, Canada
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128 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went through Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens for the first time. We were not informed when we paid admission that a portion of the garden was closed for a photo shoot. This is a small place, and the photo shoot was taking place in what looked like the nicest part. What we were left with was nice, but not a... More

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West Sussex, England.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This attraction was on my Must Do List when we visited Vancouver, so as soon as we arrived mid-afternoon, we headed off to find it. Firstly, we had great difficulty locating it and asked several people en-route for directions. Secondly, I found walking around Chinatown alittle unsettling, due to the vagrants and generally unsavoury characters hanging around. Thirdly, we were... More

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