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New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114
+1 718-425-3504
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casual visit

This is a beautiful quiet place, designed by highly skilled Chinese Artisan. I think of it as a... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Dennis K
Beautiful Chinese garden

Located inside Snug Harbor, this beautiful Chinese garden can be seen for a fee. It was late in the... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Nathalie P
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114
+1 718-425-3504
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

This is a beautiful quiet place, designed by highly skilled Chinese Artisan. I think of it as a meditative place, which it can be if it is not crowded.

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Located inside Snug Harbor, this beautiful Chinese garden can be seen for a fee. It was late in the afternoon so it was free for us. Everything was quiet and harmonious. Fishes were swimming in the pond. Sunshines were revealing the beauty of the place....More

Thank Nathalie P
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

The Chinese Scholars Garden is the perfect place to take in some culture and to relax. Set in the grounds of Snug Harbor, the garden is a beautiful setting. Where you come to learn about Chinese culture or just to zen out. The tranquil surroundings...More

1  Thank steven t
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Not really, but definirly was on my mind ever since my first visit. It's not very large but definirly has it's charm. Recommend taking advantage of the local guide.

Thank angry b
Reviewed 22 June 2017

A quite, peaceful gem on Staten Island. I was back visiting family and I never knew this existed. Stunning location, tranquil waterfalls and Koi ponds. We really enjoyed the beauty of the garden and surrounding area. Nice way to spend an afternoon.

Thank pinaultk
Reviewed 23 May 2017

It one of the best place for photo sessions. We did family photo session. I saw several times weddings there. if you eager to learn about Chinese culture , you can request a guide.

Thank Olena K
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Peace and tranquility is the essence of this garden. You are immersed in nature's beauty. You'll enjoy every moment here.

Thank Kelly M
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My husband and I decided to take a day out of the big city and took the ferry to Staten Island, we took what seemed like a very long walk to the gardens, after such a walk I was really hoping we were in for...More

2  Thank Helen B
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Gardens .... whether a Staten Islander or out-of-towner, if you like Gardens, it's beautiful and interesting. While not as massive as the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx, plan on spending an hour or two to fully enjoy the many floral designs and architectural...More

Thank mariadA9113JG
Reviewed 13 November 2016

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...More

Thank sharkisland
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2016

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 :)

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no clue but if you go to their site IM SURE it explains all
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$5 Adults $4 Seniors (65 and over) $4 Students Free Children 12 and under Free Members Free Active Military (Blue Star Program)
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Wha is the fee