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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
10:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30

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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A very authentic feel.

You get the same feel as being in a garden in China (minus the crush of people, of course). All of the details have been attended to.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Whitehorse, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend taking the tour of the Dr Sun Yat-Sen garden. The tour presents explanations that deepen your understanding and appreciation of the incredible, meticulous and detailed work done to build this garden out of a former parking lot. This authentic Chinese garden is a peaceful retreat in the heart of Chinatown. Worth a morning of your time. I... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must do.Peaceful,delicate...tons of history,many photo opts to be had.detailed oriented. Lovely staff...Jasmine tea tasting ........

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most interesting attractions in Vancouver. Beautiful views from every angle, terrific history, you can browse and stroll at your leisure. Taste tea. Browse the gift shop. Easily accessible by skytrain - chinatown stop. Treat yourself on a non-rainy day.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get the same feel as being in a garden in China (minus the crush of people, of course). All of the details have been attended to.

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Red Deer, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have come to the gardens to see every season. The free tour is a must. If you don't take the tour you miss so much. Very well laid and thought out, very deep in culture, amazing and beautiful. Take the time to spend here and take the tour, otherwise you may be disappointed.

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

They were renovating the pond so they cut the price in half which was fair. (Wish hotels that were renovating made a similar offer). I caught up to the tour which helped to understand the garden better. There is a public park which is part of the same place and free. It was totally closed for pond renovation. It should... More 

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We visited while the Garden is undergoing some repair, while the pond was not full, you could still see all of the beauty and pride the caretakers of the Garden have. It was really lovely and educational. Worth the trip to Chinatown!

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A lovely garden that is pretty typical of other Chinese gardens. If you are passing and have an our to spare, then this is not a bad way to do it

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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

A marvelous presentation of the botanical culture transformed us from the street of a big city to another time and place. Close to Chinatown and some great lunchtime restaurants too. What a great day out!

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

No matter what the season is this a wonderful pay-for-use city garden. With authentic architecture and materials imported from China, this meditative tea garden is a place to come and spend some quiet time. This is the first scholars garden to be built outside of China. Based on a Suzhou Chinese garden, it shares the same plants as you find... More 

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