The Chinese influence in Vancouver can’t only be seen in its diverse population and the many Chinese and Taiwanese shops all over the city. Vancouver’s Chinatown also comes with its very own Chinese garden: the Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens.
The garden owes its name to Dr Sun Yat Sen, the first president of the Republic of China, who is also considered the father of modern China. Built in the mid-80s, the gardens consist of a free section and a separate part with an admission fee. The design and construction of the gardens was a collaboration of Chinese and Canadian architects and also engaged experts from the Chinese garden city of Suzhou.
Dr Sun Yat Sen’s Classical Garden is a cultural oasis in Vancouver’s Chinatown and just about a 15-minute walk from Gastown, its historic centre. Chinatown came about in the late 1800s already and was established by Chinese railroad workers. Dr Sun Yat Sen’s Classical Chinese Gardens only date back to 1986, the year Vancouver hosted the World Expo.
Stroll along the pathways meandering through the trees, rocks and alongside the pond and take in its pleasantly balanced atmosphere. On sunny days you’ll see art students creating drawings of the pagoda juxtaposed against the pond. The gardens are a great little place to escape the city’s hustle and bustle and enjoy the heritage of its Asian immigrants, whilst being reminded of its location in inner-city Vancouver by its surrounding, flash new high-rises.
Entrance to Dr Sun Yat Sen Park is free; admission to Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens is 12 CAD per adult.
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