Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens
One of the best ways to add balance to your stay in Vancouver – and enjoy a Zen experience – is a visit to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens. Situated just 10 minutes away from Vancouver’s luxurious waterfront Auberge Hotel, this classical Chinese garden is a journey back in time to 15th century China.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens was the first full-scale “scholar” garden built outside of China using traditional techniques and materials. Halls and walkways are constructed without the use of any screws, nails or glue. The gardens are designed to reflect the private retreats created for elite Ming Dynasty scholars and incorporate the beliefs found in Feng Shui. The asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, large pond that houses turtles and fish, ornate covered walkways and lovely pagodas promote balance and harmony. It is the perfect spot for quiet contemplation. Truly an urban treasure, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens is breathtaking rain or shine.
Today, the garden and adjacent public park is a place that promotes Chinese culture and bridges the gap between Western and Chinese cultures. An exciting series of curated public programs are offered year round. They include major festivals, art exhibitions, tours, tea ceremonies, book readings, health and wellness workshops, concerts, performing arts and special events for all ages and interests. Highlights include the summer outdoor concerts and the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival.
A rare cultural and world-class garden experience, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens was awarded “Canadian Tourism Garden of the Year” in 2012 and has recently been named “World’s Top City Garden” by National Geographic.