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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a true retreat in the heart of Vancouver's energetic and popular Chinatown.

This treasure of tranquility is all the more valued for its rarity - built at a cost of over $5.3 million in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is the first, full-scale Classical Chinese Garden built outside China. All components of the Garden were carefully selected from nature or hand-built by artisans in China. Some 52 artisans brought over all the materials and traditional tools they required and spent 13 months building this historical, architectural, and horticultural masterpiece in Vancouver.

Retreat from the mid-day, downtown madness and instantly escape to a world of pure, natural serenity, which is what the Ming Dynasty scholars of ancient China intended in building their peaceful gardens. As civil servants living and working in large cities in China, scholars built sanctuaries of nature - tranquil, garden homes guarded from busy sights and sounds of the city by high, solid, pure white walls.

Visit one of Chinatown’s many dim-sum restaurants and then stroll to the gardens to unwind. Adult admission is CAD $8.75, and family, student and senior discounts are available. Summer hours are in effect June 15-August 31, 2006, and the gardens are open from 9:30 am until 7 pm. Guided tours are available.

Location: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver Chinatown

Accessible by public transport, car, as part of a walking tour, by bike.

PH: +1 604 662 3207 www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

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