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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 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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Beautiful location

My sister and her husband had their wedding at the Chinese Scholar's garden and despite monsoon-like downpours, it was a gorgeous location. I can imagine how quiet and peaceful it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
the_great_campotski
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Staten Island, New York
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Staten Island, New York
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and her husband had their wedding at the Chinese Scholar's garden and despite monsoon-like downpours, it was a gorgeous location. I can imagine how quiet and peaceful it must be when there aren't a hundred or so people standing around, talking, drinking and eating. Great spot to get engaged, if you're thinking about it.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A unique and highly pleasurable experience for lovers of gardens, architecture, history and culture. Hand made by Chinese craftsmen, with visual surprises around every corner. It has started to wear around the edges, but undeniably still worth a visit. You will want to come back again.

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Thank Bobbalooo
New York
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a beautiful place, take the tour. I promise you will learn a lot. I love the wind room in the summer, it feels like the air conditioner is on. It is a great place for weddings even if you are not Asian. Your pictures will be great and interesting.

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Thank Budman131415
Staten Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I would recommend it in the spring/summer Just a nice relaxing day, the gardens are pretty, the bamboo forest is interesting, plus Snug Harbor has many other attractions, such as concerts, italian gardens and you can book private events

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Thank JustJJ29
NYC
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Beautiful authentic Chinese Scholar's Garden created in 1998-99 by Chinese artisans and artists with materials shipped from China. Peaceful collaboration of structure and nature with graceful plantings. Well worth the visit for the admission price. Great to visit in winter when you generally have the entire place to yourself. Unfortunately, although the grounds and plantings are in good shape, the... More 

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Monroe twp
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The Garden was absolutely beautiful. It made you feel like you were in China. It also felt very peaceful and serene. A wonderful spot to bring the whole family.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

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

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Thank groovygrandma
Staten Island, New York, United States
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 628 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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Greeley, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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!

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