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New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

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Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone Number: +1 718-425-3504
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is truly unique attraction that adds...

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.

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Beautiful, peaceful museum

We visited this Garden on a fall Friday and were the only ones there! This was perfect as it lent a very peaceful quality to our visit. The leaves were turning with beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Honolulu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this Garden on a fall Friday and were the only ones there! This was perfect as it lent a very peaceful quality to our visit. The leaves were turning with beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and green. The Scholar Rocks, natural unusual rock formations were placed within the garden itself and blended naturally among the ponds and... More 

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

What a lovely and thoughtful review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We're so pleased that you had a wonderful time at the Chinese Scholar's Garden and hope that you visit again soon :) More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Definitely worth a look, the Chinese Scholar Garden, part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, is a beautiful, peaceful respite from the hustle of New York. An added bonus, if you have children, there is a really great children's museum on the grounds. Anyone who lives on Staten Island with small children has taken their kids to this wonderful place... More 

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative and positive review. We're so glad that you enjoy both the Chinese Scholar's Garden and Snug Harbor! More 

NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Chinese Scholars Garden within the The Snug Harbor complex is a true treasure. The walkways take you on a serene and tranquil tour, experiencing beauty and tranquility. An ideal garden for pictures depicting a realistic Chinese setting.

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're so happy that you got to experience the beauty of the Chinese Scholar's Garden :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

First time here. Was stunned by the beauty of the Chinese landscape and the sculptures! If you're in the area and do not visit, you're missing out on a once in a lifetime experience. Will definitely return!!

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such an enthusiastic review! We love it when people discover us for the first time. We hope you'll come back again soon! More 

Lyons, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

What an amazing retreat into nature, in the midst of the city. We took the free Staten Island Ferry over and spent the afternoon walking around the Botanic Gardens, but the Chinese Scholar's Garden was the pinnacle of the trip, which gave us some much needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of New York.

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We love it when people get to experience the calm of the Chinese Scholar's Garden :) More 

Manchester, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

These serene gardens have flowing water, rocks and trees that looks like you are in Asia. Visitors can explore pavilions, a bamboo forest path, a Koi-filled pond and Chinese calligraphy.

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon! More 

Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

In the middle of Snug Harbor is this very peaceful place. It is clean and not crowed. A place to sit and reflect.

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review :) We're happy that you had a relaxing time at the Chinese Scholar's Garden. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A friend and I got the bus to here from the ferry station. The bus was $2.75 each way though I think you can use an unlimited metro card or coins (they don't accept notes!). The entrance to the botanical gardens is confusing to find as it is not labelled as such. I think it's labelled Snug Harbor. Truth be... More 

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us! Yes, we are working on improving our signage as the Chinese Scholar's Garden is actually part of Snug Harbor so it can be a little bit confusing for visitors. We're also in the midst of overall improvements so we hope that you return again soon! More 

Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is probably the best kept secret on Staten Island. A Scholars Garden is not really a garden but modeled after retirement residences for Chinese professors or "scholars. Featureing Koi Ponds, exotic stone sculptures, glass mosaics and MoonGates, theses are distinctly Chinese in character. There is one in Portland Oregon and one more in Vancouver, Canada. Worth a visit in... More 

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. As part of a non profit organization, it's always a challenge to keep up with maintenance, unfortunately, but we're so glad that you appreciate all of the aspects of the Chinese Scholar's Garden and hope that you return again soon :) More 

Sayville, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

The garden is located in the Snug Harbor cultural area. Serene is the first word to describe the gardens. The area is dedicated to a Zen quality and each area in the building inspires that feeling. As you walk through the building you each area is equal to the preceding area in its tranquil and serene surrounding.

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're so glad that you were able to experience the serenity, as you described. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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