Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden Overview
Situated in Vancouver's Chinatown, just minutes from Downtown, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is an oasis of serenity in the heart of the city.
There are two parts to this Chinese garden: a free park and a by-admission garden. Both the park and the garden incorporate elements of traditional Chinese architecture, gorgeous pavilions and bridges. In the garden, the architecture is skillfully combined with the other classical Chinese elements of weathered rock, jade-green water and plants chosen for their mystical properties.
The perfect spot to meditate, relax and commune with nature, the Chinese Garden is one of Chinatown's must-sees. It is also host to an array of events, including flower shows, art exhibits and the annual Enchanted Evening Concert Series of outdoor music every August.
Getting to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden
The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden and Park are located at 578 Carrall Street, next door to the Chinese Cultural Centre.
Drivers will find both metered street parking and parkade options. For public transit, take the SkyTrain to the "Stadium - Chinatown" station and walk east on Keefer St.
For a more romantic transport, the (touristy) Vancouver Trolley stops at the Garden, along with 22 other Downtown sites.
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden History
Named after the Chinese revolutionary and first president of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the Chinese Garden was built in 1985-1986 by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, a not-for-profit group dedicated to enhancing understanding between Chinese and Western culture.
The Chinese Garden was created using the techniques and principles of original Ming gardens, and was designed to complement the adjacent park.
Today it is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Vancouver, as well as an integral part of Vancouver's Chinatown.
Making the Most of Your Visit
It's easy to incorporate a trip to the Chinese Garden into any trip to Chinatown.
The Garden is just two blocks from the Millennium Gate, and within very short walking distance of most of Chinatown's historic landmarks; turn your trip to the Garden into a tour of Chinatown: Chinatown Walking Tour.
The Garden is also perfectly situated to work as a rest-stop on a shopping trip to Chinatown, or you can combine your visit with a trip to the Chinese Cultural Centre, the first museum in Canada dedicated to Chinese history and culture.
Admission Costs & Schedule: Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden Vancouver