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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

  • 578 Carrall St. Map It
  • Chinatown
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 03/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The first authentic Ming Dynasty–style garden outside China, this small garden was built in 1986 by 52 Chinese artisans from Suzhou. No power tools, screws, or nails were used in the construction. It incorporates design elements and traditional materials from several of Suzhou's centuries-old private gardens. Guided tours (45 minutes long), included in the ticket price, are conducted on the hour between mid-June and the end of August (call ahead or check the website for off-season tour times); these are valuable for understanding the philosophy and symbolism that are central to the garden's design. Covered walkways make this a good rainy-day choice. A concert series, including classical, Asian, world, jazz, and sacred music, plays on Thursday evenings in July and August. The free public park next door is a pleasant place to sit, but lacks the context that you get with a tour of the Sun Yat-Sen garden.

Sight Information

Address:

578 Carrall St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5K2, Canada

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Phone:

604-662–3207

Sight Details:

  • C$14
  • May–mid-June and Sept., daily 10–6; mid-June–Aug., daily 9:30–7; Oct., daily 10–4:30; Nov.–Apr., Tues.–Sun. 10–4:30

Published 03/10/2015

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