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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: 16046623207
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An oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling Chinatown, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen...

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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A few hours spent here taking in the sights and sounds of the gardens and having a cup of traditional chinese tea to the music in the grand hall is a welcome change from the busy... read more

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Smaller than I expected, but a lovely tranquil place nonetheless. The ponds with fish, the bonsai trees, the bamboo are all lovely. I didn't actually take the tour as it didn't need to be necessary, and I was in a bit of a hurry, but that might have enhanced the experience. Not bad for a lazy stroll if you are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had read a lot about this garden and was looking forward to the visit. It is located in a dingy part of the city and is a lot smaller than I expected. It is a bit rundown and probably covers about 2 tennis courts. It is therefore very expensive to enter, we tried to be very contemplative about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Part of Vancouver's Chinatown, we anticipated a relatively quick visit and emerged many hours later (if in a rush: 1.5 to 2 hours including the tour should work): this is not just any garden, but the first scholars garden built outside China, completed by experts in 1986. The garden is named in honour of Sun Yat-Sen (also called 'father of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A few hours spent here taking in the sights and sounds of the gardens and having a cup of traditional chinese tea to the music in the grand hall is a welcome change from the busy shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is typical of a Chinese garden. In the middle of a city, you go in and there is a calm atmosphere. It Has a lovely small park. If you want to do the actual garden there is a fee, but again Peaceful and relaxing . Doesn't take too long to go around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you go to this garden, pay for the extra entry price and go when there is a tour. You will learn so much about the ins and outs of traditional building practice. This is historical as well as beautiful. The only emperor garden built by hand with craftsmen from China who stayed one year to build it. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful Garden next to the old Chinatown. Probably one of the most beautiful urban garden in North America. The area around the garden is not the nicest but this place is a must to be seen...beauty, relaxation, peace. We were expecting a room with the history and struggle of Sun Yat-Sen who changed China but apparently they did not want... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This old Park with a small lake, a Pagoda and a footpath around gives you a break from the hectic. A Chinese Souvenir shop and a Museum ( entrance fee ) is also on the compound.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The garden is lovely, but the well defined tour gave fascinating insights to the culture and artistry that make up a classical garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's a cute traditional Chinese garden. Very small compare to Yu garden in Shanghai, but same vibe. If you are already in Chinatown shopping at El Kartel or chilling at Matchstick roaster, it's very close by and you should pop in from the side entrance.

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Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.