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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 184 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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Dripping Springs, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have taken so many ideas from this garden and incorporated them into my oriental gardens, that I have to return to it each visit to "repay" them! It is one of the most interesting sites in the city--well worth the time spent even for non-gardeners. The historic aspect of the buildings and the garden stones--as well as the construction... More

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Victoria, Canada
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30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My son, daughter-in-law and new grandson visited the gardens on a rather warm day last week. It was a peaceful, shaded place to visit. At $14.00/adult ($11.00/senior) it was not inexpensive but we got to enjoy the garden while the baby slept. The free 35 minute guided tour gave the history of the garden and information about the various buildings... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our guide was phenomenal. Not only did she give us a lot of information, but was able to answer everyone's questions. The most amazing thing was that all of the materials for the garden were actually brought from China.

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BARROW
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, small Chinese garden in downtown Vancouver. Tour guides were all excellent. Loved the gardens. You take do a self-guided tour or go with a guide. We did the guided tour and then went back through at our own pace for pictures.

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norfolkUK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It packs a lot into a small space. It's quiet and exudes a peaceful and gentle atmosphere. Feeding of the fish was very interesting.

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Devore Heights, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved this garden my #1 pick for Vancouver enjoyed the serenity will try to take back the lessons learned here

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

As soon as you arrive at this stunning garden you can see why National Geographic awarded it a prize. You'll feel as though you've stepped into another world and another time. The calm, the beauty, really just magnificent. Make sure to take the tour in order to understand and appreciate this garden fully.

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Devon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited the adjoining free section of the garden and I cannot see what would be different essentially to the main attraction. Is is located on the edge of the `civilised` area of the city so be cautious as a wrong turn and you may start to feel uncomfortable

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A surprise find with an enthusiastic guide giving a history and details of the garden. An added bonus of some Budist monks in residence, demonstrating the art of sand painting. Well with a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a small but immaculate Chinese garden. Entry isn't cheap but comes with a free tour. The tour is essential to get a proper understanding of the place and its meaning and was very informative. Make sure you have a go at calligraphy too - good fun.

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