Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first classical Chinese Garden to be built in Canada! and is located in Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.If you are ever in Vancouver, It is the perfect place to visit no matter the time of year, it has covered walkways and wonderful pavilions that can protect you from Vancouver’s famous winter rains . It is a fantastic place to visit after sampling the top quality cannabis products available at WEEDS in Yaletown. The Garden, is the work of a joint effort between Canada and China.

Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Koi Pond

The garden was built between 1985 and 1986. Architects Joe Wai and Donald Vaughan, designed outer park while the inner garden was designed by Wang Zu-Xin the chief architect, with the help of some people from the Landscape Architecture Company of Suzhou, China. Funding for the building of the garden came from various public and private sources including the Chinese and Canadian governments and the local Chinese community. The garden opened on April 24, 1986, prior to Expo 86.The garden’s elaborate structure is modelled after the garden homes of officials and scholars of the Ming Dynasty, it is the first such garden to be built outside the borders of China. The objective of the garden is to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community.”The garden is named in honour of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,(who is said to be the father of modern china) due to his connection with Vancouver. Sun Yat-Sen enjoyed three separate visits to Vancouver for extended periods, while traveling around the world, trying to raise funds for the nationalist movement in China. During that period, some Chinese nationalists where present in British Columbia, and they were instrumental in financing the Xinhai Revolution that later overthrew the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Sun Yat Sen went on to become the the Republic of China’s first president.The garden hosts many occasions such as concerts, lessons for yoga and tai chi. It holds other occasions during different seasons. It hosts the Vancouver storytelling festival in the month of June. A fiddle around the world concert is given by the Vancouver Chinese instrumental society in October. During the winter months, the secret lantern society’s Winter Solstice lantern festival is held at the garden.

Dr Sun Yat Sen courtyard


There a few seasonal Plants growing as landmarks around the face of the garden; plum trees grow in spring and Jasmine plants in the winter. During the summer lotuses are scattered around. The worn lime stone rocks that look different with different light sources where imported from lake tai. Traditional koi fish swim around the green pond although they have recently been ravaged by an otter whose appearance and origins remain a mystery. There are a few 100 year old trees dotted around the peijing garden. These trees are called “silent poems”. There are lots of great spots to hangout in the garden. The pavillons spread across the Han Bi Die also jade water pavillion to the Hua Feng Tang which holds the majority of the meetings and events in the garden.

One of the great attractions of the garden is Julian Law, a 92-year-old Chinese guide (Don’t let his Scottish name fool you), who expounds the highlights of the garden while interweaving discussions on the global economy, ancient philosophy, etiquette rules, and Chinese history. “Listen for Beethoven in the waterfalls,” he suggests earnestly, “and please feel free to converse with the rocks.” His tour ends in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers, where visitors can practice Chinese calligraphy, play mahjong and sip oolong tea.


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