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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is World’s Best

November 25th, 2011 @ 9:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A National Geographic book has just ranked our very own Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as the best “city garden” in the world.

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

“The classical Chinese garden was the first garden in the Ming Dynasty style created outside of China, and is located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, just blocks from the troubled heart of the city’s Downtown Eastside… …In fact, the little garden is rated ahead of the Rodin Sculpture Garden in Paris and was one of just three North American gardens cited, along with the Foster Botanical Garden in Hawaii and the Conservatory Garden in New York’s Central Park.” [Source: Vancouver Sun]

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Not only is the garden home to koi, bamboo, architecture, and weathered stones, it also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. It’s a cornerstone of Chinatown and the East Vancouver community. In December they will be hosting the 18th annual Winter Solstice Festival and an exhibition in collaboration with the Hope in Shadows project. Follow @VanGarden on Twitter for information and updates from the garden.

Tonight in Vancouver: The 17th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

National Geographic’s book: Secret Journeys of a Lifetime, that features the list of the world’s best city gardens, is currently available in stores and online.

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3 comments

  1. Chad Blake says:

    How is this place in the winter?

  2. Tanya Kozak says:

    It is such an exquisite garden and park. I love visiting the park, taking photos and watching people delight in discovering everything. On one of my last visits, I counted frogs on the lilypads. Vancouver is so blessed to have this treasure to visit for free.

  3. Incredibly humbled by the honor! Thank you Rebecca!

    @Chad: we got full corridor coverage so you won’t get wet no matter what! Got complimentary daily tours and a warm hall in the Garden with complimentary hot tea, plus monthly art exhibitions (this is coming up for December http://bit.ly/b7XNwQ). A couple of major festivals take place in the winter here, coming up is Winter Solstice on Dec 21 http://bit.ly/s13Dlo, always cozy and bright! Perhaps some of the photos on our Facebook page will help with the visualization https://www.facebook.com/vancouverchinesegarden :)

    @Tanya: Thrilled to hear that you frequent this neighbourhood! We love the park too though we’re a wee bit different in history, construction & programming. Have you been to any events here, especially our evening events (concerts, theatre & festivals)? They are quite spectacular!

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