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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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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...more
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578 Carrall St | Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
+1 604-662-3207
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK, it is not inexpensive, cost me $12 but it was quite nice and I feel that if my admittance fee helps them maintain the place than that is a good thing. The garden was very pretty, even in January when so much is dormant....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chrisinkingwood2
Reviewed January 17, 2019

The section of the garden covered by the entrance fee is small but beautiful. We visited in winter, and some light rain made for an entrancing effect as it dotted the water ponds. There are some other activities aside from viewing the garden - caligraphy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DickyKnees63
Reviewed January 10, 2019

As Chinese Canadians we were awestruck by it's beauty even in January. Although the weather was wet and drizzly, our interest was not dampened (no pun intended) as our tour guide Kaz painted the vision of richness in texture and philosophy that went into the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Elfie8
Reviewed December 3, 2018

The exterior of the garden does not match the interior. The interior is gorgeous and well worth the time and cost. If you are not sure try the park first as it is free. You will want to see the rest of the garden.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank golfnut51
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

We toured the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden today as the first item on our “A Wok Around Chinatown “ Tour with Bob Sung. This Garden is modelled after a Ming Dynasty Scholars Home. It is fascinating and takes you into another world far...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank S1804GIstephenb
Reviewed November 19, 2018

Really interesting guided tour of a historical Chinese garden. Tour guide very knowledgeable. Learnt a lot about design and meaning of garden layout. Very peaceful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Orkneycat
Reviewed November 13, 2018

After a nice lunch at the Floata Seafood Restaurant in China Town, we went across the street to visit the Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It was Remembrance Day time and we were treated to an open house visit - no entrance fee -...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank loy Seng y
Reviewed November 10, 2018

You get the impression this is bigger than it is as half of it is not actually in the real garden but adjoins and is free. It’s in a slightly dodgy area of town, so don’t was from Gastown up to the gardens. Go another...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 435lynw
Reviewed November 9, 2018

Don't miss out on this oasis in Vancouver - bit of peace and quiet is lovely when you are walked out and overloaded. Saw my first ever tiny green humming bird - real treat when you come from Ireland to see one. Thank you.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ann t
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Tranquil and peaceful. Lots of black-stemmed bamboo and other exotic trees. Only went to the free public garden, though I believe there's another garden that you can pay to see as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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October 3, 2017|
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Response from Alex T | Reviewed this property |
Hi Well we only visited last week and it is still very mild here. Nothing had started dying back and none of the trees have started turning yet. I think you will be ok for end of October Cheers Alex
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Response from Northcoast_Flyer | Reviewed this property |
We visited in mid-July 2017 and found the property in pristine condition and both Koi and the resident turtle enjoying the renovated pond. The adjacent public park was also clean and well-tended.
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