Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver

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578 Carrall Street, Vancouver

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    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    by briantravelman Written Jul 11, 2014
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    Located next to the Chinese Cultural Central, (the one with the green roof), is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
    The first of its kind, outside of China, the garden was built in 1986, and is an authentic representation of the sort of garden you would find, at the residence of a Ming scholar.

    My cousin took us in through a side entrance, and at first I thought, we accidentally got in for free. Well, I just found out that the garden actually has two sections, one is free, and the other costs $14. Don't bother paying. $14 is ridiculously overpriced for this garden. I can visit much nicer gardens than this one, for free. It should cost no more than $3. I saw some pictures on Google Earth, and I can't see much difference between the two sections. It's the same buildings, just different angles. Save yourself $14, and just visit the free section. We saw a group of tourists, see the price, and turn back. It seems like the majority of tourists only visit the free section.

    After seeing the Guan Yin Si Temple in Richmond, I wasn't too impressed with these gardens. They were small, there were no flowers, there wasn't much species diversity, and I've seen more beautiful buildings elsewhere. Also, it was a bit too crowded for me.
    I had no intention of visiting these gardens, but was dragged here by my cousin. At least it was free. If there was a fee, we would never come here. I still recommend the temple in Richmond. The gardens and architecture are much nicer, and it's also free, and far less crowded.

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    Located in the Heart of the City

    by riorich55 Written May 18, 2009

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    We spent a couple of hours on our 2nd day in Vancouver touring the quaint Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens. Built in 1986 it is an island oasis in a major metropolitan area. Although overwhelmed by its big neighbor on Vancouver Island, Butchart Gardens the Chinese Garden is a worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours if you are near the Gastown area.

    Entrance fee is $10 Canadian Dollars.

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    by WStat Written Jun 13, 2008

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    The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind outside of China, is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
    Like every classical Chinese garden, the design of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. These four elements are artistically combined here in Sun Ya Tsens Garden and form an incredible harmony and beauty.

    The Garden is a 15 –20 minute walk from Downtown. You know you’re in Chinatown when the street lamp posts are red and topped with dragons.

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    by Carmanah Updated Feb 18, 2008

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    Though tiny, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens are absolutely beautiful. They're one of the few classical Chinese gardens to have been built outside of China, and we're very fortunate in Vancouver to have such a place.

    If you can afford to, it is well worth spending the extra few dollars for a complete admission and guided tour. Previously I had only visited the part of the gardens which are free to the public. However, during the Chinese New Year's festivities in Chinatown, I paid a donation to enter the paid admission section of the gardens, and I'm so glad that I did. That part of the garden has beautiful walls with Chinese style arches, roofing, and windows. There are several rooms you can enter with traditional Chinese architecture and outside are more waterways and gardens.

    If you're interested in traditional Chinese culture at all, then this should be a must see while in Chinatown.

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    Sun Yat Sen Gardens

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was built from 1985 to 1986 and is the first authentic Chinese garden ever constructed outside of China. A team of artists spent 13 months in Vancouver handcrafting the building and landscaping in the traditional methods. It was constructed to recreate the 15th Century home of a Ming Dynasty scholar.

    While part of the garden is open for $8.75 guided tours only, about two-thirds of the park is open to the general public for no fee. We skipped the expensive tour, but enjoyed a peaceful and leisurely 30 minute stroll around the free portion of the garden. The ducks, turtles, and koi swimming in the pond, bamboo stands, floating lotus, and sandy trails give plenty to enjoy while you walk. The architecture is also interesting with the tile roofs, circular doorways, small bridges, and pavilions. This side of the park also has a Sun Yat Sen Monument at one entrance and a gist shop at the other entrance.

    Unfortunately this area is also frequented by drugged out scammers who might try any trick in the book to get you to give them money... our pet fraud claimed he locked his keys in the car and needed cab money to get back to North Vancouver. I really think the distance is walkable in an hour. Besides, a taxi would wait at your door while you get money from the house.

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    Chinese Garden and Park

    by malianrob Written Jun 15, 2007

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    We paid $8 to get into this beautiful garden but theres a Chinese park right next door thats free. You could also see the garden from the park. Theres a giftshop that you can get your souveniers.
    The garden and the park is very nice, very relaxing. Theres also lots of opportunities to take very beautiful pictures here.
    This was probably the best part of Chinatown.

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  • An Oasis in a Crowded City

    by woodydag Written Nov 20, 2006

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    If you have a very short time to visit Chinatown, stop in at the small jewel of a garden, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/). It is small, but it was designed to feel like it is much larger than its size.

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    Stay for the guided visit...

    by Quartzy Written Mar 15, 2006

    ... else you won't spend a lot of time there, because it's relatively small.
    If you don't feel like listening to a guide, you still can go to the park right next to the garden: it's beautiful, relaxing and you can see a little of the garden for free.

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    Enjoying peace in Chinatown

    by CutieLeafsGirl Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Exploring Downtown and China town and want a chance to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. A visit to the gardens are a must. It allows you a chance to escape and relax. They do have public tours which are quite informative as you are provide with information about the history and the symbolism in the garden. As well as some green tea.

    Take the time to explore this wonderful place, walk around, have a rest by the water. It is a beautiful escape from the city and should be enjoyed for a bit of your day.

    At this time it was $7 for students, &8.75 for adults, and children under 5 were free. They also have a gift shop where you can pick up gifts that are not your typical tourist ones.

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    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    by rmdw Written May 8, 2005

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    The Tranquil Sun Yat-Sen Garden

    Though born & raised in Vancouver, it wasn't until 2005 that I finally made it to this magnificent garden in Chinatown. Though not large, it's well laid out and magnificently manicured.

    A must see, especially on a light rainy day.

    Prices are:
    Adults - $8.75
    Seniors - $7.00
    Students - $7.00
    Children under 5 - Free
    Family Rate - $20.00

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    The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    by gulus Written Nov 2, 2004

    If you are in Vancouver , spend one ot two hours in The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Take a guided tour to learn the philosopy of creating a classical chinese garden. You will learn how chinese balance their life with ying-yang . Then take your time to sit in peace in the garden, listen to rain dropping from the roof, discovering the male and female figures in nature , in trees, flowers . Enjoy the wonderful reflection of nature in the water. After one hour peaceful rest , you will be ready for exploring the other parts of the city

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    Chinese Garden

    by JanPeter74 Updated Aug 30, 2004

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    The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first authentic Ming-dynasty style garden outside of China. The garden is located in Vancouver's Chinatown, but the thick surrounding wall keeps the city out of this very rustic place.

    The idea of a Chinese garden is harmony between plants, rocks, water and (human) architecture, as well as harmony of contrasts, of dark and light, solid and empty, hard and soft, straight and undulating, yin and yang.

    Although the garden is relatively small it really is a must see for almost anybody. After your visit, take a little time to visit the adjacent small Chinese park, which is free of charge, as well.

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    Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Park and Garden

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    Vancouver's Chinatown offers visitors to experience walking in a full-sized classical Chinese garden. The Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden employed the architectural techniques of the Ming Dynasty by which not a single nail or screw was used in its construction. The admission for the garden section is $8.25 for adults. The park section appears to be free.

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    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    by jamiesno Written Jun 24, 2004

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    Me in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens

    In the heart of bustling downtown Vancouver, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a cultural experience. It is a feast for the senses and the mind, acclaimed for providing peace, tranquility, and delight for the nature lover, cultural tourist, philosopher, and sightseeing visitor.

    I already commented in a general tip about the green spaces in Vancouver and I literally stumbled upon the Classical Chinese Garden's, so I am recommending you put it on your intenery especially if you are planning a visit to China Town.

    It was neat just casually walking throughout the gardens but I think it would be better again if you actually take the tour and get interpretation into the chinese culture and traditions.

    There is also a good gift shop. I bought some Chinese Health Balls that you just role around in your hand to releave stress. I though that was a novel gift idea for myself :-).

    I have also provided a web site address where there is plenty more information on these gardens.

    The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia is the first full-sized classical Chinese garden outside China and, though it was built in 1985-86, it employed the ancient techniques of the original Ming dynasty gardens. For the architect, the botanist, the student of history, the lover of beauty, the Garden provides insights into the subtle wonders to be found within the walls of this living treasure.

    Be sure to rate my tips and leave your comments, I enjoy them all!!!

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    Chinese Whispers

    by Loughborough Written Mar 2, 2004

    In the centre of a bustling city, sits a very tranquil place. The Sun Yat Sen gardens are in a world of their own.
    After the intial guide from an aged Chinese sage, we spent a few hours just walking around the gardens sitting at the many viewing areas just taking in the peacefulness of this idyllic place.
    Open the picture fully to appreciate the gardens.

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