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The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has provided a place of urban zen for Vancouver residents and visitors for more than 30 years. Stroll along quiet walkways past beautiful pavilions to see carefully created places for contemplation and enjoyment of man’s harmony with nature.
Joe Wai and Don Vaughan, in collaboration with the Suzhou Garden Administration, created the garden as an authentic recreation of a Ming dynasty scholar garden, the first classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Individuals, rather than governments, collaborated to create this welcoming space, a highlight of Vancouver’s Chinatown cultural history. Appreciate the feng shui as you note the relationship of parts to the whole in the organization and placement of features in the garden.
Wander through the shaded spaces, seeing new delights at each turn. Notice rare tai hu rocks imported from China, a collection of 100-year-old miniature trees and koi swimming in a jade green pond. The setting recreates gardens from15th-century China.
Look for interesting plants including ginkgo, meta-sequoia and bamboo. Covered walkways and pavilions provide protection even in Vancouver’s rainy season. Take a free guided tour, which is offered by volunteers in six languages. Brochures are available in multiple languages.
The garden seeks to connect cultures and communities. Get familiar with ancient and ongoing Chinese customs during annual festivals including the springtime Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Monthly art exhibits feature Chinese and Western artists, both established and newcomers.
Take photos standing before the moongates and latticework. Look for reflections in the jade green water. Browse through the Eight Treasures Shop for Chinese porcelain, tea and gift items.
This peaceful space is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, about a 20-minute walk from downtown. Ask the garden staff for directions to some of the best nearby restaurants and shops to extend enjoyment of your visit to this fascinating ethnic neighborhood.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is open daily, except for Mondays during winter, and has an admission fee. Enjoy this unique opportunity to appreciate traditional artistic, architectural and philosophical expressions of Chinese culture.
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Granville Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Canada Place, Vancouver Waterfront, and Granville Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver Central Public Library and Rogers Arena are also within 15 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Burrard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville Street are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, and Vancouver Art Gallery. English Bay Beach and Granville Island Public Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Burrard Station is only a 2-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 11 minutes.
Located in West End, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Robson Street, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Granville Island Public Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 11 minutes.