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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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A Good Place to see China In NYC

These serene gardens have flowing water, rocks and trees that looks like you are in Asia. Visitors... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Adventure Diva
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Manchester, Connecticut
Quiet and peaceful

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

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Barbara226
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Staten Island, New York
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114
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Reviewed 28 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.

Thank Adventure Diva
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

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

Reviewed 13 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.

Thank Barbara226
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

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!

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...More

Thank Livingcob
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

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...More

Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank johnaV6707FB
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

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...More

Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank Steve T
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

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!

Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a place to visit that truly opens a person up culturally. Round doorways, windows leave one with a feeling of peace and quiet, Bring a book and sit a while.

Thank buffy003p
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a hidden treasure in Staten island. When you walk the grounds you feel like your in a different country. Beautiful buildings, ponds, flowers, fish capture what a Chinese Garden feels like.

Thank Jaime O
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

The place is seriously unkept. Plants are overgrown. Pots are knocked over. Doors were locked to buildings. I can't believe this place was rated as the 6th highest place to visit in Staten Island.

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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Peaceful setting and interesting little nooks for quiet reflection. The place is pretty, especially at dusk, but in need of repair.

Thank Ann Marie D
Reviewed 2 July 2016

this is a wonderful experience. so well done, beautiful & different from any other gardens I have ever seen. this should not be missed. If possible obtain a docent for a tour.

Thank jbfrn1
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FeliciaV
What part of China did the artisans come from?
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Response from JustJJ29 | Reviewed this property |
no clue but if you go to their site IM SURE it explains all
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Polacojusti
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Response from Lovechild24 | Reviewed this property |
$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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