Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a site of cultural heritage, learning, and reflection in Vancouver's historic Chinatown. Modeled after Ming Dynasty private scholar’s gardens, it is the first of its kind built outside of China. This neighbourhood gem has been named one of the world's "Top City Gardens" by National Geographic.
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Neighbourhood: Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.
How to get there
  • Stadium–Chinatown • 5 min walk
  • Main St–Science World[e] • 10 min walk
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  • Chris Greg
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania61 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paying for half a beautiful garden
    Note! There are two halves to the garden, one free one ticketed. You need to exit one to get to the other Not worth the money, but still nice. If you bring a book I think you'll get a lot out of a ticket. It was very pretty and calm, neat that it's right in the city. Since the garden is split it can be confusing to get around, you'll keep looking for a way to get to the other path if you don't know it's impossible. Tea was alright.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • David S
    Covington, Louisiana178 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tired, old, place of interest that has had better days
    Worth a visit but the gardens are well worn just like Chinatown in general. Within a block or two there are many homeless people, litter, our Uber driver said to make sure we left the area before dark. You get get the vibe that this place is well past it’s prime
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Traveler834858
    13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a tour
    This really represent a Classical Chinese garden. We didn’t take a guided tour which may have been a better experience. It’s almost underwhelming after making the effort of finding the garden. There is a free public garden next door that you don’t want to miss. The area around the garden is sketchy, homeless people, obvious drug use and the streets smell of urine.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Adam W
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guided tour
    30 years ago when I was a hard up student I had a day to spend in Vancouver and I ended up in here - mostly because it was free at the time (you have to pay now) and I had a great guided tour from an elderly Chinese volunteer that I had never forgotten. I'd mentioned this to my wife over the years and as we were back in town I had to visit again. Visiting somewhere with low expectations because it was free, and going back with high expectations is often a different experience. However I'd like to say this was excellent. This time a lady gave the talk/walk - and I'd really recommend it as you miss most of the interesting bits just by reading the booklet (which itself is decent). Learned a lot about yin/yang and also that the corridors are zigzag as ghosts can only go in straight lines. Plus 3 tenants of belief, a bit about rock and running water and even an embroidery that I never thought I'd find interesting but did.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • springbank
    Greve, Denmark3,867 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth s visit
    Located in the city's Chinatown, it was the first Chinese garden built outside of Asia. It's a small intimate garden where you will find beautiful pavilions, covered walkways, a jade green pond with koi fish, and a collection of 150-year-old miniature tree. It think it brings a peaceful respite from the surrounding hustle and bustle. You can explore the gardens without spending any penny. The garden is worth exploring.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Jen W
    Fenton, Michigan285 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tea tasting, not a ceremony
    As other travelers have noted, the garden has seen better days. For this reason we opted for the private tea ceremony. Veronica, our tea artist, was lovely and knowledgeable. She obviously loves everything about tea and her enthusiasm was contagious. We tried three different teas and talked about different tea rituals. I was expecting an actual ceremony, but the relaxed nature was still very nice. We quickly walked the garden afterwards. Sadly, not much to see. We had driven through the neighborhood the day before, and seen all the homeless people. We were assured the neighborhood was safe, but it was still sad to see. It was raining so we opted for an Uber.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Catherine
    Shropshire, United Kingdom186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tranquil peace from city
    A beautiful bit of peace and tranquility from hectic city. Tucked away not the easiest place to find, tickets a little pricey at $18 pp but it was a beautiful place and worth spensing an hour looking around. They give you a little booklet that has map of gardens and explains the different sections/areas. Some lovely trees and flowers and pool. The trellis and wooden arches and beautiful too. Free jasmine tea at the end and small art gallery room. Lady was teaching people to make traditional tea (seperate add on) but gift shop closed. Worth a visit if you are in Vancouver downtown and need a break from city.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2024
  • N0rmalee
    Bossier City, Louisiana1,017 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed our stop here
    Really surprised at the negative comments here. We didn’t pay anything to go through this beautifully serene spot just off a Main Street downtown. You would never anticipate it there. Lovely walkways, dogwood and other trees and plants. There is a large mosaic representation of the various signs based on your birth date and year…we discovered hubby is year of the rabbit and I am year of the snake! So extremely tranquil.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The garden was so disappointing!!! Not maintained, the pools were dirty and smelly, nothing like the pictures. Not worth the effort to get there.
Written 3 June 2024
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N0rmalee
Bossier City, LA1,017 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really surprised at the negative comments here. We didn’t pay anything to go through this beautifully serene spot just off a Main Street downtown. You would never anticipate it there. Lovely walkways, dogwood and other trees and plants. There is a large mosaic representation of the various signs based on your birth date and year…we discovered hubby is year of the rabbit and I am year of the snake! So extremely tranquil.
Written 2 June 2024
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Catherine
Shropshire, UK186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A beautiful bit of peace and tranquility from hectic city. Tucked away not the easiest place to find, tickets a little pricey at $18 pp but it was a beautiful place and worth spensing an hour looking around. They give you a little booklet that has map of gardens and explains the different sections/areas. Some lovely trees and flowers and pool. The trellis and wooden arches and beautiful too. Free jasmine tea at the end and small art gallery room. Lady was teaching people to make traditional tea (seperate add on) but gift shop closed. Worth a visit if you are in Vancouver downtown and need a break from city.
Written 28 May 2024
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Todd S
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. You can get the same feel in the free garden next door. This should not be on any tourist guide map. Canada tourism needs to do something to stop people filling the pockets of the owners for nothing.
Written 27 April 2024
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Navigate1032
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This place is a waste of money and just awful. It's in a seedy area. Better to go to the FREE park just next door which is larger and overall better to look at. The staff that work at the front and in the gift shop are very RUDE.
Written 22 April 2024
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Jen W
Fenton, MI285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
As other travelers have noted, the garden has seen better days. For this reason we opted for the private tea ceremony.

Veronica, our tea artist, was lovely and knowledgeable. She obviously loves everything about tea and her enthusiasm was contagious. We tried three different teas and talked about different tea rituals. I was expecting an actual ceremony, but the relaxed nature was still very nice.

We quickly walked the garden afterwards. Sadly, not much to see. We had driven through the neighborhood the day before, and seen all the homeless people. We were assured the neighborhood was safe, but it was still sad to see. It was raining so we opted for an Uber.
Written 22 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Janet B
Bristol, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Visited just as they opened on a very unseasonably warm sunny October day so avoided the crowds. Beautifully landscaped gardens of a unique perspective. A "must see" on any garden-loving visitors itinerary.
Written 26 October 2023
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I9917TWbarbaram
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
There is a maze of gardens, buildings, water features, etc. It is all very beautiful and peaceful. This is well worth the visit.
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

springbank
Greve, Denmark3,867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Located in the city's Chinatown, it was the first Chinese garden built outside of Asia. It's a small intimate garden where you will find beautiful pavilions, covered walkways, a jade green pond with koi fish, and a collection of 150-year-old miniature tree. It think it brings a peaceful respite from the surrounding hustle and bustle.
You can explore the gardens without spending any penny. The garden is worth exploring.
Written 7 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Adam W
Gloucester44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
30 years ago when I was a hard up student I had a day to spend in Vancouver and I ended up in here - mostly because it was free at the time (you have to pay now) and I had a great guided tour from an elderly Chinese volunteer that I had never forgotten. I'd mentioned this to my wife over the years and as we were back in town I had to visit again. Visiting somewhere with low expectations because it was free, and going back with high expectations is often a different experience. However I'd like to say this was excellent. This time a lady gave the talk/walk - and I'd really recommend it as you miss most of the interesting bits just by reading the booklet (which itself is decent). Learned a lot about yin/yang and also that the corridors are zigzag as ghosts can only go in straight lines. Plus 3 tenants of belief, a bit about rock and running water and even an embroidery that I never thought I'd find interesting but did.

Written 31 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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