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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, small garden

Meticulous detail, beautiful ponds and rock features as well as plants. Take the tour it gives so much more info than just wandering on your own. It is small and seems a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Stuart, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We went 3 days over the weekend, and visited the park next door as well as had the charming docent tour, and finally shopped in the gift shop. The grounds and architecture are lovely and the docent had a flair which made his stories memorable. The garden feels older with established plants and trees, though one were labeled.. peonies were... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Meticulous detail, beautiful ponds and rock features as well as plants. Take the tour it gives so much more info than just wandering on your own. It is small and seems a bit pricey, but worth going in, don't just walk through the free park next door.

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A well established, well maintained, tranquil, enjoyable, place to visit. When we were there it was not crowded and very pleasant. There is a nominal entrance fee

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Vancouver, Washington
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Koi pond is the highlight of this attraction. I guess I was expecting a little bit more, but at least it's free to visit.

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

There is more to this site and that is Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It's named World's Top City Garden by National Geographic and it was hand-made by using material brought from China and 14th century methods: no glue, screws or power tools. You visited the FREE public park sharing the same name: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. More 

Brooklyn, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I dragged my husband to this and he was grateful! Cool, rainy day but the garden in spring is stunning-- everything just beginning to bloom. Tour Guide was exceptional. She provided history and context and language and architecture. A full hour tour- we learned so much and viewed the entire garden differently after her insights. Loved it.

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Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A beautiful garden and well worth the visit. It is a shame the same cannot be said for Chinatown as a whole. First visited in 1972 when chinatown was spectacular and a great place to eat. That is far from the case now.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's a bit hard to find, and we were visiting on what turned into a fairly cold,windy day, so that might have tempered my enthusiasm. It's easy to confuse it with the adjacent free (public) garden, and yet the entrance is nowhere near the adjacent free garden. It's small, and you'll want to wait for one of the guided tours,... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A long weekend for four adults and a one year-old. We walked from downtown to chinatown. Chinatown was a bit disappointing compared to that of other cities, which are more compact and interesting. But the Chinese garden made it worth it. Tranquil; an oasis of calm in the city. Entrance is rather expensive but includes a free chinese tea and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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

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Benson, Arizona
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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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