Vancouver is probably our favourite city in the world. It has it all. Beaches, mountains, harbours, parks, history, newness, jobs and a fantastic food and drink offering. Seriously, what’s not to like about this incredible place?
Hidden amongst all of the hustle and bustle of city (and tourist) life is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
As you would expect, the classical garden is located in Chinatown and is the first Chinese garden to be built outside of China.
The garden is there for a purpose and that is as follows:
“to maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community”
The garden was built in 1985-86 and is named after a nationalist leader who became the first president of the Republic of China.
The garden contains many of the same plant and flower species as Suzhou in China where there is a similar climate. They are planted according to Feng Sui and Taoism principles and have been designed to follow the different seasons and blossom accordingly.
As you wander around the meandering paths within the park the constant focus point is the large central pond. This is due to the importance of water with the stillness of the pond bringing tranquility to the space.
Within the pond you will find numerous koi carp fish who are incredibly friendly and curious. They will come right up to you if you don’t startle them. If you’re likely you should also be able to spot a turtle or two.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a beautiful oasis in a busy city. Head here to gather your thoughts if you want a break from the city. The park is free to enter and open all year around so add it to your itinerary and you won’t be disappointed.
Are you planning a trip to the garden in Vancouver this year or been before? Let us know in the comments!