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Chinese Scholar's Garden

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Address: Staten Island Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg P, Staten Island, NY 07095
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A replica of a typical scholar's garden from the Ming Dynasty, this is...

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 very peaceful and serene place to visit. The buildings are just beautiful. Close your eyes and you can just relax and meditate.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very peaceful and serene place to visit. The buildings are just beautiful. Close your eyes and you can just relax and meditate.

Thank groovygrandma
Staten Island, New York, United States
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set on the grounds of Snug Harbor, the Chinese Scholar's Garden is the only authentic such garden on the East Coast. Constructed in the traditional manner, with no modern tools or techniques, it's lovely to visit any time of year. I love to bring guests here and i love to visit it alone. Highly recommend!!

Thank RSandwichNYC
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590 reviews
382 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 620 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chinese Scholar's garden is in Snug Harbor complex. You need to buy ticket to see the Garden, but it is worth it. Very beautifully laid out garden and the construction of dams, seating and trees are very nicely planned and built. Not many people were there when we went. But people started getting in later in the day. There... More 

Thank loki_knows
Greeley, Colorado
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94 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We spent about 4 hours casually walking through the Chinese Scholar's Garden and the rest of the grounds. It was very peaceful and lots of great places to take pictures. There are ponds with koi, a thick bamboo "tunnel" and lots of symbolism. Take some time and relax!

Thank ireland2010Colorado
Brooklyn, New York
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38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My brother got married in the scholar garden it is beautiful. If you want to see pics I have them on my blog travelistasink.com. This garden is serene and worth a look.

Thank Lisa B
Warsaw, Poland
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137 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We chose IT just as one attraction for our Staten Island short stay, mostly meant to check how the real Life in nonManhattan NYC looks like. I do not know what we missed, but IT was a fair choice. The place is different in a good sense, provided a different climate. IT looks very authentic. The weather was not favourable... More 

Thank Pawel411
Madison, Wisconsin
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58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

A traditional scholar's pavillion with garden, a koi pond, walkway, and bridge, this is indeed a deligtful little place, However, its serenity is disturbed by a nearby public area, trees on the edges are overgrown, and the pavillion contains little other than four beautiful antique Chinese chairs. No scholarly implements, paintings, or any explanation of how such a pavillion would... More 

1 Thank Moyshekapoyer
Staten Island, New York
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

You will fall in love with this place, It reminds me of a garden from book "The Secret Garden". You do have to pay a small fee of $5 but it's well worth it.

Thank Chikiewik
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12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

For $1, you will be treated to one of the most serene and lovely gardens in New York. It is peaceful and beautiful, with surprises at every turn. Each scene and view is more delightful than the one before it.

1 Thank Rena S
Staten Island
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This garden was created by actual Chinese workers who came from China to construct it. It has everything you would expect in a chinese garden, beautiful landscaping, paths and water features. It's a wonderful place to come and relax and let your troubles melt away.

Thank 735kevink

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