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“Pretty and peaceful”

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Owner description: 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".
Reviewed November 10, 2013

A quiet oasis in the middle of china town. Nicely laid out with a nice gift shop. Admission is a bit high for value. Park next door is free and just as pretty and peaceful. Tours and explanations available and free as is the tea.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is a lovely but small garden. After 4 pm the entry is half price because closing time is 5 pm. One hour was the right amount of time for me in this garden.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Tours every half hour or so tell the story of the garden and interpret for visitors some of the symbolism in the design and materials. Tour definitely worth it as one would miss a lot of interesting things otherwise. Yes, the garden is small as others note, but the attention to detail is also great and not to be passed quickly. I first visited the Sun Yat-Sen garden about 20 years ago and it is nice to see how it has evolved, plants matured, and harmony achieved.
While there is a free public garden on half of the site, visitors there miss the most interesting and best decorated areas, not to mention the tours.
When there, ask for recommendations for lunch in Chinatown. There are several popular Chinese restaurants within a block or two.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

The De. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver consists of two parts: one is accessible for free and located on Carall Street around a small pond. The design is beautiful with many carefully designed details and nice views, especially in autumn.

The other part, just right of the "free" entrance lies around the same pond, just on the other side and includes several buildings: a main courtyard with several corridors, a water pavilion
and small rooms.
There is also a small selections of bonsai trees and a lot of Tai Hu rocks, fantastically shaped rock formations.

The entrance fee for this part is extremely high for the small area, we pages the reduces "family" fee for 25Can$.

2  Thank JunM59
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

We paid into the courtyard side and then found out that there was a free public side, however I'm glad we did both. The courtyard has some nice, brief information on the house and gardens, and the thought and design process that went into their planning. The public side is really just a small public park, although it did seem to be the side where all the pond fish were hanging out!

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