Things to Do in Vancouver – Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens

The first, and largest, replica Ming Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s Garden outside of China rests just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver’s downtown.  Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens pays tribute to it’s rich Chinese heritage, and to the 52 master Chinese craftsmen whose labour of love opened in 1986.  The term “craftsmen” does not do these experts justice: the elaborate construction was done without the use of nails, screws or glue.  Reflect on that when you’re enjoying your complimentary jasmine tea, and gazing through a portico at one of the many reflective pools in the garden.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens

Paying tribute to the founding father of post-Imperial China, who visited Vancouver multiple times, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens is a Zen-like oasis in the middle of Vancouver’s urban jungle.  Walking through the doors into the gardens is like stepping back in time.  Focus on the contemplative Scholar Rocks, and you will soon forget that you are surrounded by high-rise condos.  Take time to practice Chinese calligraphy in the study hall, or take a guided tour to learn about the historical accuracy of the garden’s layout, or just enjoy the peace and serenity.

Please be sure to visit the excellent gift shop before leaving!

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens Hours of Operation

May 1st to June 13th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
June 15th to August 31st, 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
September 1st to September 30th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
October 1st to April 30th, 10:00Am to 4:30 PM

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens Address And Parking

The Gardens are located at 578 Carrall Street, between West Pender and Keefer Streets.  There is ample parking at the Chinatown Plaza at 140 Keefer Street.  Walking to the gardens from downtown hotels will take you 15 to 20 minutes.  The Millenium and Expo lines of the Skytrain stop at Chinatown/Stadium, which is a 5 minute walk from the gardens along Keefer Street (look for the white walls).

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens Rates

Adults: $14
Seniours (65 and older): $11
Students: $10
Children (under 5): Free
Families (2 Adults, 2 Children): $28

Why should you visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens?

Besides the obvious break for the rat-race, whether you are a Vancouver resident escaping from work, or an international traveler adjusting to the local time-zone, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens bring a bit of old-world culture to the new-world/new-age Vancouver.  If you are lucky, you might catch a Hollywood North celeb practicing Tai-Chi!



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