After our visit to the canda Place of Vancouver the next site that we visited in Canada was the famous Dr. Sun Yat – Sen Classical garden. Stretched over an area of 0.3 acres or 0.12 hectares of land this garden was created in the year 1986. It is distinctive as it is the very first “scholars” or Chinese garden that has been built outside China.
This famous garden draws visitors from near as well as far off places and is located at a premier location at Chinatown in Vancouver. The classical Chinese garden has a public park that is open to public access and it also incorporates a garden that can be entered on payment of certain admission fee. The garden had been constructed with an objective to promote an understanding of the Chinese culture and to keep it alive through time. It also aims at bridging the gap between the Chinese and European or western cultures.
This beautiful garden is designed by renowned architects Donald Vaughan and Joe Wai. The inner portion of the garden was developed by the chief architect Wang Zu – Xin in collaboration with the experts from the famous architecture company of Suzhou i.e. the Landscape architecture Company. The classical Chinese philosophy of Feng shui and Taoism are employed in the DR. Sun Yat – Sen Chinese garden. Such charms are supposed to promote harmony and balance in the atmosphere.
Animals of cultural importance in Chinese belief such as bats, phoenixes and dragons are represented in various entities throughout the classical garden. Moreover the turtles and fishes that dwell in the garden also serve certain symbolic purposes. Water is also a prime component of the garden and a large pond built within the premises of the garden offers stillness and calmness to the environs.
This famous tourist attraction of Vancouver has been named after the prominent nationalist leader of china Dr. Sun Yat – Sen. He is also considered as the “father of modern china”. We spent our day at the garden and I could feel the solace and calmness in the vicinity. Moreover it was a very knowledgeable and unique experience for me to unravel the pages of Chinese culture.