The first and largest classical Chinese garden outside of China, Vancouver’s Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens are part museum, part cultural education and part botanical garden all within a walled oasis on the edge of Chinatown. Named for the “Father of Modern China” the Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens are an authentic representation of a traditional Chinese garden from the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ming scholars lived and worked within their gardens and thus created gardens to encompass all aspects of daily life. Amongst the asymmetrical stone and plant formations are places for quiet contemplation and as one winds along the curves pathways and corridors they’re
connected to space for energy and work. From scenic vistas overlooking the gardens and ponds a sense of peace is found away from the bustle of the city.
The Classical Chinese Gardens are currently open Tues to Sun from 10am until 4:30pm, in summertime it is open 7 days per week. Admission for adults is $12, discounts for children and seniors, including a guided tour (check website for more info and tour times) The Venue is also rentable for private functions, weddings, parties and receptions. Special
events and educational experiences happen throughout the year, check the garden calendar for upcoming events.