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Address: Staten Island Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg P, Staten Island, NY 07095
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A replica of a typical scholar's garden from the Ming Dynasty, this is one...
A replica of a typical scholar's garden from the Ming Dynasty, this is one of the newest additions to the Staten Island Botanical Garden.
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A hidden treasure in Staten Island

A beautiful serene place, although it does need some sprucing up, as everything funding is limited . I have visited many times and I recommend spring and summer months.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A beautiful serene place, although it does need some sprucing up, as everything funding is limited . I have visited many times and I recommend spring and summer months.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We came with friends and were surprised not many other visitors were here. It's a serene and peaceful spot but could be much more,like many sights on the island it just seems half done. The koi pond was nice and statuary from China. If you would like to stroll leisurely in a garden and chill for an hour come here.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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123 reviews 123 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Disappointingly poor maintenance makes this a depressing place to visit. And none of the buildings are open on Mondays.

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Monroe, NJ
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75 reviews 75 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

First of all the Gardens are difficult to find. The Museum needs to work on better signage throughout their grounds. If you are looking for restrooms you can find them in the Children's Museum on the same property. When we first saw the Chinese structure and grounds we thought they were built 50 or more years ago, but later found... More 

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's as if you not only stepped back in time, but did so in China. The plants, flowers, flowing waters, and ancient architecture here are wonderful. We were here twice. The first time was a few years back, but without a guide. This time we were with a tour group and had a Snug Harbor guide to explain the history... More 

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Surprisingly peaceful area in the midst of chaos. You have to feel it to believe it. Simple and effective design

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Manhattan, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

it was a very nice visit .. advice everyone to go there >>> It was sunny day, awesome visit, good for family visit with kids to have fun and enjoy the weather

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

You can feel the love behind the hands that built this garden and the structures around it. Authentic China the way it used to be... without the smog.

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Staten Island, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

When one steps into this lovely little spot, you feel as if you have been transported across the globe, away from Staten Island, to a quiet and wonderful place to relax and reflect!

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speliotisvideo, videographer at Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Ever since we produced a video of the Chinese Scholars' Garden for Beautiful Living 2020 It's been a pleasure to know so many people share the same sentiment… "Of being transported to a land and a time far away" The Chinese Scholars' Garden is a true Treasure and thank you to all of the people and craftspeople who brought this... More 

New York, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It makes a trip to the beautiful botanic garden even more enjoyable. It really is lovely - with great photo opportunities.

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