Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

578 Carrall St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2- Map It
(604) 662-3207

AAA Editor Notes

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is at 578 Carrall St. What this walled garden lacks in size it more than makes up for in serene beauty. Located in the heart of Chinatown, it's a delightful respite from the surrounding hustle and bustle. Modeled after private gardens in the city of Suzhou, the garden embodies the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang, where every element—light, texture, vegetation—is balanced. The architecture of the pavilions, covered walkways, terraces and viewing platforms evokes Ming Dynasty classical design. Rocks and water are integral elements, while trees and plants—from pine trees and bamboo to graceful weeping willows and winter-flowering plum trees—all have symbolic connotations. The Jade Water Pavilion is graced with beautiful woodwork. Two of the garden's most intriguing elements are the 43 leak windows (each one has a different lattice pattern) and the groupings of Tai Hu rocks, interestingly shaped stones from China's Lake Tai that lend themselves to all sorts of artistic interpretations. Visitors can walk through the garden on their own, but the guided tour offers historical perspective and encourages you to reflect on the design elements in different ways. Afterward, take a stroll through the adjacent public park, where pathways wind through clumps of bamboo and other plantings. Art and horticultural exhibits and demonstrations also are offered. Festivals and concerts are featured throughout the year. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$14 (includes guided tour and tea); $11 (ages 6-17, ages 65+ and students with ID); $10 (students with ID); $28 (family, two adults and two children ages 0-17).
Hours: Daily 9:30-7, June 15-Aug. 31; daily 10-6, May 1-June 14 and in Sept.; Tues.-Sun. 10-4:30 (10-2, Dec. 24 and 31), rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Christmas.