Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – Zen in the City, Montecristo Magazine

By Scott McDonald | Garden News

Mar 28
The Scholar’s Courtyard and Study—in a traditional Ming scholar’s residence, this was where scholars read, composed poetry, studied music, and painted.

The Scholar’s Courtyard and Study—in a traditional Ming scholar’s residence, this was where scholars read, composed poetry, studied music, and painted. Photo by Joshua McVeity, Montecristo Magazine.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden — Zen in the city.

Story and photos by Joshua McVeity

Usher in the Year of the Ram at one of Vancouver’s cultural jewels. Declared the “World’s Top City Garden” by National Geographic in 2012, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park is truly a place of urban zen. The Garden, which was modelled after the classical gardens of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is the first full-sized classical garden constructed outside of China. Fifty-two master craftsmen from Suzhou, China worked with a team of Canadian counterparts to complete this landscape masterpiece within a year; it officially opened on April 26, 1986.

The design of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. This remarkable sanctuary, nestled in the heart of Chinatown, enchants with its winding paths, covered walkways, and beautiful vistas. In Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, find peace and tranquility in unique rock forms, the lily-covered pond, and lush plants.

 

Story originally posted at: montecristomagazine.com/design/dr-sun-yat-sen-classical-chinese-garden

 

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Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott McDonald can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden or local hidden gem. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood, he is a member of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.