Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The first day of my recent visit to Vancouver, B.C. was set aside for sightseeing and I was determined to make that happen, even with a late start.  After checking into the hotel, I walked almost 20 blocks, arriving in Chinatown with just enough time to visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden located on West Pender Street and Carrall Street.

The Garden entrance is located inside Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park which features seating, batik tapestries, a memorial to Chinese-Canadians who served in World War II, and classical Chinese music playing in the background.  

The Garden features pavilions and courtyards, a reflective pond, rooms filled with artwork, and a gift shop.  Due to my late arrival, I missed out on the complementary guided tour which would have provided some great insight into the artistry and craftsmanship found inside the Garden.

A local told me that you can take part in a tea ceremony at the Garden.  I arrived too late to see if this is true, but they do provide cups of hot, refreshing tea to all visitors.

578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2

10:00am to 4:30pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
Closed Monday

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