Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, Chinatown

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park offers two different entrances into its beautifully manicured grounds of this Chinatown locale in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fall in Vancouver brings colours to many trees throughout the city, such at these maples which are found at the side entrance to the Park. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park is a beautiful manicured garden to visit in Vancouver's Chinatown throughout the year.





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Free to the public, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park in Vancouver's Chinatown is filled with authentic plants such as bamboo and composed of multiple pathways taking you throughout the Park. Built to honour Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the "Father of Modern China", it is intertwined with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens next door, visitors can see glimpses of the ornate Classical Gardens through the many windows and door that separate the two areas.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park is part of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens but is free to all members of the public. The park consist of pathways, a large pond with large colourful fish and a variety of whimsical plants.

The Park's design is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. The garden was built in 1985 in unison with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens that had fifty two master craftsmen from China create the park specific to Ming Dynasty Gardens for an authentic experience for the 1986 World Expo hosted between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Park (and subsequent Gardens) are named for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as the "father of modern China" who sought to bring democratic rule to China in the early 20th century. A bust commemorating him sits in front of the main entrance to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park.

Two entrances lead into this park which overlooks the Gardens to the west, housed within the pristine white walls and ornate bridges and separated from the park by the large pond.

Large weeping willows drape over the pathways which weave around the pond near artistic rock displays and a large Chinese-style gazebo and a thick bamboo stands.

A peaceful and sometimes busy location, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park is a great example of many authentic Asian style gardens and offers an insight into Vancouver's multicultural population.

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The gazebo in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park is the centrepiece. The only built form, in the park, its authentic wooden structure is a stark contrast to the glass and concrete condominium development beyond the park boundaries.
This ebony bust sitting atop a while slab of rock and black pillar with gold script details of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's life in both English and Chinese script, a hero in the eyes of many Chinese Canadians.
Looking at the edge of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens from the edge of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, it is hard to believe the entire building uses only joints to stay together. No screws, nails or glue was used in the built form of the Park or Gardens.
The simplistic design throughout the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park mimics the Ming Dynasty Garden Design. Some of the more intricate pieces such as this window covering give a different feel to the park which is built in conjunction with the four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture.
There are two portions of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, the first, the Classical Gardens and the second the Park built to honour Dr. Sun Yet-Sen, the "Father of Modern China". The Park, free to the public is a beautiful authentic Chinese garden popular throughout the year.

Location of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park

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Located east of the Dr. Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens (beside)

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