Explore British Columbia – Vancouver: Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Garden, a Classical Chinese Garden in the Heart of Downtown Vancouver

Welcome to Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Garden!♥


Location: 4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M9, Canada
Website:  http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/
Hours of operation: Click here for schedule
Entrance Fee: Yes. $14.00. Click here for rate

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

Dr Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first Classical Garden in all of Canada and was named by National Geographic as the World’s Top City Garden. It has green ponds, koi fish, collection of miniature trees (bonzai) and treasure shop. The garden is located in downtown Chinatown area of Vancouver, BC.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

It is not a big garden, unlike Queen Elizabeth Park or Van Dusen Garden, but it is worth the visit. If you are visiting for the first time, allocate at least 1 – 1/2 hours so that you are not in a rush. The site also offers tours almost every half an hour from the opening hours to closing hours. Please check Tour Hours for more details.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

It’s been a while since I last visited this garden. Maybe that’s an understatement, 8 years is not a while, it just that it feels it was just last year that I went year there. This garden was one of those attractions that were on my to-do list when I came in Vancouver 8 years ago. I was trying to explore new places and attractions, and at the same time killing time while I settle in.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

It was only recently when I started my travel post blog that I remembered again about this gem within the city. I still have the photographs when I visited the place, but I decided to visit it again.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

It was such a blessing that this place is close to where I work downtown so I was able to go there on my free time. The place is not big anyway, and 1 hour going around is enough since I had been there before, and all I wanted is to have a glimpse of the newly renovated pond area.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver BC

This is a city garden and very accessible to public transportation. I would suggest you take public transportation and walk around the area. There are small interesting shops, small alley and restaurants that you might find interesting. The “Sam Kee Building” which was recorded in the Guiness Book of Records Worlds as the shallowest commercial building is also located close to the Chinatown gate.

Chinatown Gate

There are 2 entrance to the garden, but this the main entrance. This is where you pay to get inside where they offer the garden tour. You can join the tour, or walk on your own.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver BC

This is the second entrance that leads to the koi pond area. There is no entrance fee to this side, so feel free to walk around and take photos. I find that this area is a great place to take photograph of the pond and the garden. The mashed-up of the classical garden in the middle of the city skyline is a nice view to capture.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver BC

A lot of people hang around this place to admire the view or just to sit and relax. It was such a joy to see something like this actually exist in the city proper. You don’t really have to travel far to appreciate nature at it’s best.


The view of the garden almost give an impression I was totally not in Canada. The modern glass tall buildings at the back of the garden gave a nice contrast to the classical look of the garden.

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver BC

Although small, I find this garden a place worth visiting. In fact, this one is perfect if you do not have plenty of hours to spend in one place. So, if you are in Vancouver downtown, add this to your itinerary. Until my next adventure. This is SweetNSpicy your travel buddy!

Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver BC

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