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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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$126*
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Private Tour: Gardens of Vancouver
73%
Ranked #40 of 149 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: An oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling Chinatown, Dr. Sun...
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Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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".
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Singapore, Singapore
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I travelled in almost all contries in Asia. So I was expecting of course to see something of the same level here. That wasn't the case and I was really disappointed. There is only one view and you've seen all. Just take a leaflet and it's there. No reason to visit if you already know gardens in Asia. If not,... More 

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NYC
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56 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

We went to the garden armed with the recommendation to take the tour. I'm so glad we did. The self guided tour pamphlet is not enough, if you go definitely take the guided tour. We learned a lot, and the friendly and informative volunteer guide made it a most memorable experience. This was a Vancouver highlight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We went to the park next door which was pretty sweet with all of the same things, pagoda and ponds and unusual rock gardens but the park is free at another entrance and the a gardens are not. Looking though I couldn't see much difference.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We walked to the gardens one afternoon, not really sure what to expect... The other reviews ably describe the gardens - they are indeed a serene hub surrounded by the busier Chinatown and city. The buildings are cool and still with the sound of water in the background. The Koi fish are wondrous - floating jewels whose scales catch the... More 

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Vermont
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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

These gardens were beautiful. Very peaceful and serene. They were well kept although I felt like there could have been more done with some of the inside spaces. A nice way to pass an hour or so in Vancouver and Chinatown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I`ve been to the garden numerous times, and unless you`re fluent in Chinese history and philosophy, the tour is highly recommended. You`ll learn and understand so much more, and it sort of adds value to the not so big attraction. Plan about an 1.5 hours for the visit, there are cute souvenir shops around, you can try your hand at... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This garden is simply an absolute gem so, if you like gardens, if you need a time of reflection on your travels, it is not to be missed and well worth the small entrance fee! The sign at the entrance claims that Sun Yat Sen Garden was named by National Geographic as the Best City Garden in the world. That... More 

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Cambridge
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

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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