Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver

3.6
#9 of 53 in Parks in Vancouver
Discover a pocket of Chinese culture in the heart of Canada at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, completed in 1986 as part of a project to enhance cultural connections between China and Western countries. The garden features traditional Chinese buildings, several koi ponds, and small, attractive bridges. Wander along the shaded paths to feel the tranquility endowed by this style of balanced architecture. To visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on your holiday in Vancouver, and find out what else Vancouver has to offer, use our Vancouver road trip planning tool .
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  • You get the impression this is bigger than it is as half of it is not actually in the real garden but adjoins and is free. It’s in a slightly dodgy area of town, so don’t was from Gastown up to the ga...  more »
  • Don't miss out on this oasis in Vancouver - bit of peace and quiet is lovely when you are walked out and overloaded. Saw my first ever tiny green humming bird - real treat when you come from Ireland t...  more »
  • Tranquil and peaceful. Lots of black-stemmed bamboo and other exotic trees. Only went to the free public garden, though I believe there's another garden that you can pay to see as well.  more »
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  • It was amazing! A beautiful little pocket of ancient landscaping within the city. Take the tour that comes "free" with your purchase of entrance. So worth it. Learned so much; it gave deeper insight into what is really behind the entire structure. The guide was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, I'll add her name as soon as I can obtain from my notes (starts with L I think). Small enough to get through in 45min - 1hr but I would have lingered longer if I had the time. I'll definitely be back if my travels allow.
  • Lovely Asian garden, water is less clean for the fish than last year. I like that it has big gold or Koi fish. Good gift shop with nice souvenirs available for purchase. I would give it give stars if the water was clearer so we could spot the fish like last year.
  • A great classic garden in vancouvers china town. There is a smaller free side to walk through if you do not have time. The admission side is a lot nicer and less people makes it more relaxing.
  • Very chill space! FREEEEE. Bring a friend and slowly walk around, enjoying the aesthetic and peace. Maybe have a toke before if that's your thing ;) Good place to transition your first-date coffee meeting if it's going well. Cool plants and great water feature. Would chill here again
  • A great place to visit & appreciate symbolism and purpose for each section of the garden. This garden is best appreciated when a tour guide is available (ask reception for schedules) to explain the structure and stories behind it which would otherwise just fly you by. They also offer free hot tea on colder days. At the end of the tour, I learned a lot of history and the culture behind this fine Classical Chinese Garden. I would go back again in different season to fully appreciate the cycles of certain trees & plants granting a different perspective than the last.
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