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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
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+1 604-662-3207
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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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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It's beautifully landscaped and very peaceful place. It's open to the public and no admission fee. If you are to visit Chinatown, I would recommend to stop by at this garden. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A garden walk that brings you to a quiet peace filled space. A bit out of the way, but well worth a quiet walk through the garden.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's beautifully landscaped and very peaceful place. It's open to the public and no admission fee. If you are to visit Chinatown, I would recommend to stop by at this garden. It won't take , much of your time since this place is small.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a very good match to the garden of the same name in China. Every details has been done with care. Make sure you have the historical information. There are special ceremonies and presentations that make this place even more special.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful gardens in Chinatown with jasmine tea served at the end of the tour. A very enjoyable experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My visit to the garden was very enjoyable. On arrival I was advised a tour was due to start so I waited around. The tour was very informative and I learned a lot about yin/yang, the idea of balance and how it is reflected in every aspect of the garden. It was also interesting finding out how the garden was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden is surprisingly quiet and tranquil considering that it is right in downtown Vancouver. There are little paths along the Bamboo trees that you can walk around. There is a pond with some nice views to take pictures or just relax.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here a few times for the garden and the pond. The pond is well recreated down to the color. There are tons of koi in the pond. One side of the garden requires a donation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very very interesting garden; went in the fall and would love to go back in the spring when the trees are in bud;

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When recently visiting Vancouver's Chinatown (or the few things that are left of it) we felt uplifted when we ventured into the garden as the surroundings were so desolate and run down. The garden was a still haven of contemplation and rest, beautifully laid out and maintained, with views opening up after every turn. The iced over lake and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

As a contrast to the botanical garden, we visited the Chinese garden. It was very peaceful and extremely beautiful and serene.

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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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