C$12 for Admission for Two to Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (C$24 Value)

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This tranquil and beautiful Chinese garden was built by artisans from Suzhou following traditions that go back thousands of years

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  • C$12 for admission for two (C$24 value)

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

China is famous for its breathtaking and meticulously landscaped gardens, the most famous of which were designed hundreds of years ago, during the Ming Dynasty. The ancient tradition is alive and well at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, where guests will find the same signature symmetrical arrangements and winding paths popular on the other side of the world.

Yet the garden isn't simply a recreation of the real thing—it was built by actual Chinese artisans from Suzhou, who constructed each walkway and hall in the traditional manner, using intricate joinery that does not require nails, screws, or glue. And, just like the gardens of a thousand years ago, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden boasts a design that aims to strike a balance between four elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture.

  • The rock: The garden's rock formations range from a man-made mountain at the center of the garden to a scattering of water-worn limestone boulders. The common denominator? They're all imported from the Suzhou's Lake Tai, down to the pebble.
  • The water: Jade green, due to the clay that lines the bottom of the garden's pond. The hue is an intentional artistic choice, meant to enhance the pond's reflections.
  • The plants: A blend of local plants and native Chinese ones, the garden's collection of flora ranges from cypress to miniature rhododendrons. Clusters of three winter plants—pine, bamboo, and winter-flowering plum—stud the terrain, symbolizing strength and rebirth.
  • The architecture: Visitors can step into assorted pavilions, including The Han Bi Xie (Jade Water Pavilion), which appears to float on the surface of the pond. The water flowing underneath it also keeps it refreshingly cool in the summer.

Customer Reviews

so worthwhile!
Vivian B. · February 5, 2016
Take time for the guided tour. The gardens are a quiet, peaceful spot in the center of the city which is great in itself but our guide explained the gardens history and the ying and yang aspects of the garden. Very interesting. Will go again and encourage visitors to see it.
Lorraine R. · February 1, 2016
Not only a beautiful garden, but wonderful building. Both the garden and building around it were made using traditional Chinese methods, and incorporated traditional beliefs and values into the structure. Incredible experience, will be going again !
Amrit S. · August 15, 2015

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