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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: +1 604-662-3207
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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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Worth a Look!

Not a huge space, but well worth a look while exploring Vancouver's China Town area. Rotating festivals and events might make your visit more exciting - check ahead of time!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is a must! The first Authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Its beautiful in all 4 seasons and the free tour is really helpfuland enhances the vist so much more i definitely recommend spending your time for the tour. It felt like i wasnt in Vancouver anymore but in China. This place is SO beautiful if i had... More 

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McMinnville, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not a huge space, but well worth a look while exploring Vancouver's China Town area. Rotating festivals and events might make your visit more exciting - check ahead of time!

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We both really enjoyed the tour of the gardens. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and pointed out loads of interesting design features and their relevance to Chinese culture. Admittedly the surrounding area of Chinatown is now quite run down but the gardens are still well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its small, but reminds me of gardens I saw in China. It incorporates the use of natural stones and pools as forms of landscape design

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very authentic re-creation of a Ming Dynasty scholars house, using specially imported materials from China. The guided tour was excellent and very informative, you will miss a lot of the interesting details if you do not take the tour. We sat and took in the beauty and tranquility of the place for some time after the tour.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd been advised people with a love of Classic Chinese garden design and moreover an understanding of Feng Shui would find this attraction worthwhile. I appreciated the beautiful symmetry of water, plants and buildings yet its compact size and narrow pathways detracted from my experience. A guide was on hand explaining to a large group the elements and meaning of... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A guided tour of the garden comes with your entry fee. I would highly recommend going on the tour. I learned so much from guide that I would not have known otherwise and it made the garden even that much more special. Beautiful and amazing garden!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful outdoor setting. Plant life and man made buildings both harmonize with nature. Beautiful even in rain.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I were on the hop on/hop off Vancouver bus and decided to stop here - absolutely lovely place. Great for photos - it's great to see all the natural beauty of the gardens with the city backdrop. We spent about 3 hours here - but that did include lots of photographing and drawing! Great place for couples... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park while walking through China Town. I truly enjoyed the solitude of this park. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is located adjacent to this park. Admission to the garden was $12 per person, but entrance to the park was free. The park was tranquil and lovely, with ponds and koi, trees, plants, and Chinese pagodas.... More 

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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 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.
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