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New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114
+1 718-425-3504
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Unkempt, such a shame

My husband and I decided to take a day out of the big city and took the ferry to Staten Island, we... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Helen B
Another small jewel in Staten Island

Beautiful Gardens .... whether a Staten Islander or out-of-towner, if you like Gardens, it's... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
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The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is truly unique attraction that adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a host of multi-cultural events. It features magnificent rockery that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar's rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard. The Garden is a compilation of different gardens in China. It is based on Ming Dynasty Gardens (1368-1644). The New York Scholar's garden is the one of two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States. A team of 40 Chinese artists and craftsmen spent a year in China creating the Garden's components and another six months in Staten Island as craftsmen-in-residence at Snug Harbor to complete the construction. The Chinese Scholar's Garden at Snug Harbor is one of only two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States.
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

My husband and I decided to take a day out of the big city and took the ferry to Staten Island, we took what seemed like a very long walk to the gardens, after such a walk I was really hoping we were in for...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Gardens .... whether a Staten Islander or out-of-towner, if you like Gardens, it's beautiful and interesting. While not as massive as the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx, plan on spending an hour or two to fully enjoy the many floral designs and architectural...More

Thank mariadA9113JG
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We visited this Garden on a fall Friday and were the only ones there! This was perfect as it lent a very peaceful quality to our visit. The leaves were turning with beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and green. The Scholar Rocks, natural unusual...More

Thank sharkisland
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2016

What a lovely and thoughtful review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We're so pleased that you had a wonderful time at the Chinese Scholar's Garden and hope that you visit again soon :)

Reviewed 21 October 2016

Definitely worth a look, the Chinese Scholar Garden, part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, is a beautiful, peaceful respite from the hustle of New York. An added bonus, if you have children, there is a really great children's museum on the grounds. Anyone who...More

Thank lisab4142014
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative and positive review. We're so glad that you enjoy both the Chinese Scholar's Garden and Snug Harbor!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Chinese Scholars Garden within the The Snug Harbor complex is a true treasure. The walkways take you on a serene and tranquil tour, experiencing beauty and tranquility. An ideal garden for pictures depicting a realistic Chinese setting.

Thank P D
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're so happy that you got to experience the beauty of the Chinese Scholar's Garden :)

Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

First time here. Was stunned by the beauty of the Chinese landscape and the sculptures! If you're in the area and do not visit, you're missing out on a once in a lifetime experience. Will definitely return!!

Thank Robert Z
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you so much for such an enthusiastic review! We love it when people discover us for the first time. We hope you'll come back again soon!

Reviewed 10 October 2016

What an amazing retreat into nature, in the midst of the city. We took the free Staten Island Ferry over and spent the afternoon walking around the Botanic Gardens, but the Chinese Scholar's Garden was the pinnacle of the trip, which gave us some much...More

Thank Brian J
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for your review! We love it when people get to experience the calm of the Chinese Scholar's Garden :)

Reviewed 27 September 2016

These serene gardens have flowing water, rocks and trees that looks like you are in Asia. Visitors can explore pavilions, a bamboo forest path, a Koi-filled pond and Chinese calligraphy.

Thank Adventure Diva
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for taking time to review us! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon!

Reviewed 13 September 2016

In the middle of Snug Harbor is this very peaceful place. It is clean and not crowed. A place to sit and reflect.

Thank Barbara226
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for your review :) We're happy that you had a relaxing time at the Chinese Scholar's Garden. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A friend and I got the bus to here from the ferry station. The bus was $2.75 each way though I think you can use an unlimited metro card or coins (they don't accept notes!). The entrance to the botanical gardens is confusing to find...More

Thank Livingcob
Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for taking time to review us! Yes, we are working on improving our signage as the Chinese Scholar's Garden is actually part of Snug Harbor so it can be a little bit confusing for visitors. We're also in the midst of overall improvements...More

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