First classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Modelled after the garden home of a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) scholar. Hand-made with no power-tools, glues or screws.
Named the World’s Top City Garden by National Geographic, the Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature. Ming dynasty scholars, the elite of their time, lived and worked in their garden, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar’s garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation.
We have many engaging, cultural activities for you to try with your adult, senior or tourist groups:
• Tai chi
• Chinese tea ceremony
• Interpretational tour of the Garden
• A historic Walking Tour of Chinatown
• Dragon boat paddling
Let us customize a program that is perfect for your group! We simply require a minimum of 10 paying participants to deliver a private program or tour.
Learn more about group programs by visiting their website.
Let the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden be the perfect setting for your event. Our covered pathways, courtyards and pavilions offer a perfect solution for outdoor weddings in any season!
Wedding – A perfect venue for a perfect marriage. Balance and harmony. The setting for life’s important events help define the experience. We are enriched by surrounding ourselves with sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that bring deep happiness and contentment.
More information about hosting your wedding at our garden can be found on our website.
Corporate – Impress your clients and employees. Treat them to unsurpassed beauty and inspiration.
• Client recognition and appreciation
• Corporate retreats
More information about corporate rentals can be found on our website.
Filming – Interested in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as a filming location?
To film in or around Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a film application must be filled out and approved by the Garden. Subsequently, the rental party must provide documents including:
• Copy of the script to be filmed on site
• Insurance agreements
• Security deposit
• Certified cheque for the agreed fee
Rental rates will be set according to the size and scope of the proposed project. Learn more about our filming rentals on our website.
Chinese New Year Temple Fair
Every year, on the same day of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, the Garden presents a special event called Temple Fair. It is a 'hot and noisy' public celebration that's based on the traditional Chinese Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet and celebrate. Enjoy traditional games, delicious food, tea ceremony, live music, and cultural learning at the fair. Come with family and friends to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health.
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (September )
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden hosts the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. This is an annual family festival that is perfect for all ages. There is music, storytelling, games, kids crafts; the creation of a community lantern; and of course Moon cakes. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is held in September.
Winter Solstice Secret Lantern Festival (December 2015)
Come together with friends and family to bring back the light to Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year! Warm your bellies with our signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtaking landscape and glowing lanterns. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening. Add your personal touch by getting involved with the Community Lantern too!
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series
Enchant your evenings with the critically acclaimed concert series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden starting July through August. The Garden introduces exciting new groups along with your favorite performers. Awaken your senses with the vibrant sounds and dazzling dances, and book youThursday nights to celebrate this unique blend of cultural diversity!
Monthly Art Exhibitions
Art is the living and breathing essence of our Classical Chinese Garden. It connects culture, sparks creativity, and pushes boundaries. From paintings, drawings, photography, experimental videos, outdoor site-specific installations, we showcase artworks that embody elements of Chinese culture, traditional and new. We collaborate regularly with local arts organizations and artists to produce engaging and inspiring art projects.
Please visit our calendar to view exhibition schedule.
At Eight Treasures Shop there are always treasures to find and stories to tell.
Everything we carry, from small charms to vintage and antique pieces, is carefully selected to make sure you enjoy browsing for the perfect gift, and the added value is that… you support our Classical Chinese Garden with every purchase you make.
Visit our Eight Treasures Shop online to view our most current collectibles inspired by the Garden, its exhibitions, and the local community of artists.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Spring (May 1 – June 14)
10:00am – 6:00pm
Summer (June 15 – August 31)
9:30am – 7:00pm
Fall (September 1 – 30)
10:00am – 6:00pm
Winter (October 1- April 30)
10:00am – 4:30pm
* Closed Mondays November 1 – April 30
* Closed on December 25 & January 1
* December 24 & 31: Open 10am – 2pm
See website for daily/seasonal hours of operation.
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578 Carrrall Street,
Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains
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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.