Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Sun Yat Sen Garden, Vancouver

Back in September, Jane and I went on holiday to Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. Both of us posted to our blogs about this trip, but I don't think either of us mentioned the Sun Yat Sen Garden, so I'm going to rectify that now. My enthusiasm for things oriental has recently been re-invigorated by my friendship with fellow bloggers Takaeko and Fer who live in Japan (not China!). Thanks, guys.

 The Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden is named after the Chinese political figure of that name, one of the founders of the Nationalist Chinese state now known as Taiwan. It is a haven of tranquillity in a busy and vibrant city, at the edge of the Chinatown district. Much of it is open to the public free of charge, and we, like many others, popped in to admire it for a short while and to sit down and escape from the busy city traffic. We had little idea what to expect, but we were not disappointed. Here are some photos:-

The Chinatown gate

The garden is supposedly an authentic representation of a garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence.
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.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.

The tranquil garden in the midst of the high-rise modern buildings

If you're ever visiting Vancouver, I recommend that you include this garden in your itinerary. For further information visit the garden's own website


  1. I'm very happy to recall your enthusiasm for Asia-oriental things. I don't know there is a china town in Canada but judging many Chinese immigrants in many countries, naturally many china towns were created there.

  2. What an oasis in the city... and a beautiful tranquil garden, just lovely :)

  3. I like your new blog pages on your plot and your favourite photos, very good.

  4. Thanks for the mention!
    I remember this garden, i went there a couple times back when I stayed in Vancouver. It is a nice place to sit a bit and relax

  5. this post has roused some real nostalgia for a trip I made to China a few years ago which included a visit to the Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou. And your turtles reminded me of a Buddhist temple we visited because animal loving people would buy the turtles them from the street sellers and take them to the Monks to look after (so other people couldn't buy them to eat)


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