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Address: 578 Carrall St. | Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number: 16046623207
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An oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling Chinatown, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen...

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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Lovely even in Feb.

It was quiet and not crowded at all for our visit. It was a nice relaxing break during our trip. Beautiful ponds and buildings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sacramento, CA

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Labuan Island, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the guided tour to learn more about this garden. Some of the materials used to build this memorial are importaed from China. Every architecture and plants here has its own story. Good for pho enthusiasts

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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was quiet and not crowded at all for our visit. It was a nice relaxing break during our trip. Beautiful ponds and buildings.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Disappointed but this was winter time so this may be unfair to the garden,very drab and untidy, people can clean up in winter, really nothing to see.

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vanchinesegarden, Public Relations Manager at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer, thank you for visiting Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. I wish you had a better experience. I would agree that spring/early summer is probably the best time to visit the Garden with the flowers blooming, thus a more colorful scene. However we do strive to keep the Garden clean and pleasant during the year. I also wondering... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped into the gardens (away from the bad area it's in), which were very pretty and calm. It was around $10 which was very reasonable. Nice to visit if having some spare time.

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Stratford, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have a few moments in Chinatown before you are off to something else, do not take the time to visit this garden. It requires more time and effort on your part if you are really going to enjoy it. The experience is divided into three parts, a public park which is free to enter, a public square dominated... More 

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vanchinesegarden, Public Relations Manager at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, responded to this review

Dear Terry, Thank you so much for visiting the Garden and for a good review. Just to point a few details: you said "do not take the time' and you probably meant 'DO take the time". You have an excellent point about the guided tour - that's what makes the difference and that's where one learns about intricacy of this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Nice place for a stop to relax. We're there mid morning and the reflections on the water were gorgeous.

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Chinatown is fine, but no longer really a destination, however, this garden including the public space well worth the trip. Sit quietly and be transformed by the reflections in the pond, the classical use of space and landscaping. Beautiful!

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We came here after we had our meal in Chinatown. It's not a big garden, In fact is quite small and quiet compare to Sydney Australia Chinese garden. But it's free to enter so we just came here to pass our time.

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vanchinesegarden, Public Relations Manager at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, responded to this review

Dear Hilsybilsy, I hope you had a good time while visiting Vancouver. By the sound of it, you visited Dr. Sun Yat-Sen PARK not the Garden. The public park is free to enter. It is beautiful and different from the Garden, which you missed. The ancient tradition is alive and well at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, where guests... More 

Welland, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We entered by the General public part and having walked around we were interested to see the part of the garden where we had to pay. I thought that the cost to enter was high, especially for seniors.The guide was interesting and knowledgeable.It was a nice break from Vancouvers hustle and bustle

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

It's not big, it's not imposing, but such a tranquil place in the midst of high houses and busy streets. And every rock, every tree, every plant id brought over from China. Walk slowly around the little pond, linger in the pagoda pavilion, feel the silence in the bamboo copse and sit down on a bench under the green shield... More 

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Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.