Vancouver, British Columbia – The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden is a traditional Chinese scholarʼs garden in downtown Vancouver. Even though it’s just a tiny garden, only about one-third of an acre, was ranked the No.1 City Garden in the World in the book by National Geographic – Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the Worldʼs Best Hidden Travel Gems.
The garden was created for 1986 Worldʼs Fair in Vancouver by 53 craftsmen brought in from China. It was the first Ming-Dynasty-style garden in the world built outside of China, constructed at a cost of $6 million dollars.
A jade-colored pond filled with glimmering koi and lily pads, delicately curved roof tiles and reception halls built from rare Chinese woods are all features that enhance this elegant little oasis that’s surrounded by city.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It’s easily accessible by car or transit, and is a 15 –20 minute walk from downtown (you’ll know youʼre in Chinatown when the street lamp posts are red and topped with dragons.) The garden is open year-round.
More information is available on the garden’s website, and you can follow on Twitter at @vangarden Watch the website and Twitter for special events, such as the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival held in December.
DR. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St Vancouver, British Columbia