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“Unpleasant experience!”

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Owner description: **The Garden pond is undergoing restoration until the early summer of 2017** 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".
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unpleasant experience!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

The garden was lovely and absolutely beautiful for taking pictures. Had a tea ceremony held there and the experience was unpleasant. Voices were to be kept to a minimal because there were other tourists in the garden. Was not able to use the different areas of the garden to take photos. The Dr. Sun Yat Sen workers were watching us like a hawk. I would not recommend this place for a wedding tea ceremony. My day turned out to be a headache. My deposit was short and there was no explanation to why the deposit was less than what it was.

Visited July 2013
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vanchinesegarden, Marketing Department at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comments - we appreciate all feedback from our guests.

We offer three different tea ceremony programs, could you please give us some information about the tea ceremony you attended? July is one of our busiest months of the year and we strive to make the experience of all our guests as pleasant as possible.
We would love to address your concerns and provide you with a better experience so please do contact us directly.

Thank you.
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British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
“Meditative time-out in Chinatown Vancouver.”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

This classical Chinese garden is true to the ones I've visited in Asia. Serene, symbolic, historic, and peaceful, it is certainly worth a visit. But do so within the context of the vastly more interesting Chinatown which surrounds this garden. Dim Sum lunch is a must.

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Pretty and peaceful”
Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

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.

Visited November 2013
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Orange County
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“Go at 4:00 pm for 1/2 price”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“worth visiting”
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.

Visited August 2013
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