In the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, a tranquil Classical Chinese Garden offers visitors a place to pause, to rest and gain the solace of peaceful reflection. Named in honour of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a nationalist leader who is considered the “father of modern China” the garden is an authentic representation of Ming Dynasty-era tradition.
The philosophies of Feng shui and Taoism, which seek harmony and a balance of opposites, are an integral part of Classical Chinese gardens. The placement of rocks, lush plants, lily-covered ponds and beautiful vistas speak to our sense of belonging with nature.
The goal and vision of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is to maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and engage within the local community.
While the Garden is closed until 2021, I have gone back in time to an Autumn afternoon in early November 2019 when I walked through winding paths and felt the gentle touch of a cool breeze and the warmth of the golden-red colours.
For forty years, I have devoted myself to the cause of the people’s revolution with but one aim in view – the elevation of China to a position of freedom and equality among the nations.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen