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“Peaceful and beautiful”

New York Chinese Scholar's Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is truly unique attraction that adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a host of multi-cultural events. It features magnificent rockery that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar's rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard. The Garden is a compilation of different gardens in China. It is based on Ming Dynasty Gardens (1368-1644). The New York Scholar's garden is the one of two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States. A team of 40 Chinese artists and craftsmen spent a year in China creating the Garden's components and another six months in Staten Island as craftsmen-in-residence at Snug Harbor to complete the construction. The Chinese Scholar's Garden at Snug Harbor is one of only two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Chinese Scholar's Garden is an unusual and profoundly beautiful attraction that looks like it has been transferred directly out of the pages of Chinese history. Although the Metropolitan Museum of Art sports a Chinese garden as part of its Asian collections, this site, located within the Snug Harbor Cultural Center is larger and more connected with nature with its plantings and flowing waters. All in all, meandering through its pathways is a unique and memorable experience.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

The botanic garden overall is a nice place, not as built up as Brooklyn or New York, but still there are things to see. The secret garden, while needing some care, is still attractive and would be a good place to take children. The best thing about the botanic garden is the Chinese Scholar's garden. It is beautifully designed and provides for a relaxing respite; looking at the fall foliage and listening to the water. Because this is not a popular destination (in comparison to Brooklyn or New York), I had the garden to myself throughout my visit. It was a joy to be there. The entrance is not clearly marked and originally, I thought it was closed, but there is a way in by the brick cottage.

Thank dnvpaul
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

If you enjoy being in a serene, peaceful, and beautiful Chinese garden, this is the spot! It is beautiful. We love visiting there, just walking around and taking in the atmosphere.

Thank SuzieQ044
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We were there on 9/17 and walked around and around and there was no way into the Chinese Scholar's Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Garden. We could see it but there was a black iron fence going all around it. The park was still beautiful and we enjoyed walking around.

We liked the Botanical Garden in Brooklyn a lot better.

2  Thank Jane R
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The craftsmanship was outstanding and the serene environment inspirational. The stone walkways were impressive and beautiful, as were the various trees and plants.

2  Thank capitollover
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