The Vancouver Chinese Garden, known as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located in Chinatown. It is named as one of the world’s best gardens by National Geographic. It was built in 1986 and is only such a destination in Canada. It was initially developed as part of the 1986 Expo celebrations. It is the first full-scale Classical Chinese Garden to be built outside of China. From 150-year-old trees to koi fish, the garden offers an authentic Chinese garden experience. Most of the garden elements have been imported from China, including architecture, rocks, water, plants, and more. The theme of the garden is from the Ming Dynasty era. There has been considerable emphasis on using only natural materials and techniques to construct and landscape the garden. For example, there were no power tools or glue was used to make the garden. The garden is managed by a non-profit organization Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden Society.
The location if Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden is located in the heart of the city on 578n Carrall Street. It is surrounded shops and cafes, offering plenty of nearby options for visitors. There are guided tours of gardens available that educate the visitors about the lace’s history and symbolism. The garden is accessible through a wheelchair and is family-friendly. The garden ha easy access through the local train and bus system.
Throughout the year, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden features several educational and recreational programs such as musicals, art exhibits, workshops, festivals, and author talks. There are also special annual events such as Chinese New Year. Visitors are allowed to take photographs and can book a professional photoshoot. To protect the environment, no pets or food or drinks are permitted inside the premises. Keep in mind that there is no dedicated parking facility in the garden. Visitors would have to park at nearby parking spaces located on 180 Keefer St.