Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a registered museum and cultural heritage site, with a mission to promote Chinese culture and cross-cultural understanding. The Garden’s story spans miles and centuries, serving as a bridge for opportunities of learning and exchange.


As the first authentic full-scale Chinese garden built outside of China, the Garden is a living example of ancient Chinese architecture, design, and lifestyle. At the same time, it is rooted in the more modern history of Vancouver’s Chinatown (a National Historic Site of Canada) and Chinese immigration to Canada. As such, the Garden is an excellent resource for anyone interested in or working in these areas.

Public Programming

We offer educational programming for all ages in a variety of formats on subjects related to Chinatown, horticulture, and Chinese art, culture, and heritage. Check out our offer of exhibitions, tours, and events.

Recommended Readings

We can recommend a number of publications focused on subjects relating to the Garden, the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and Chinese culture and heritage:


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Keswick, Maggie, et al. In a Chinese Garden: The Art, Architecture and Life of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, 2016. | Available for purchase in the Eight Treasures Shop.


Vancouver’s Chinatown and Chinese Immigration

Anderson, Kay J. Vancouver’s Chinatown: Racial Discourse in Canada, 1875-1980. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1991.

Preliminary Research on Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People in Vancouver. City of Vancouver, 2017. | Download PDF


Chinese Gardens

Fang, Xiaofeng. The Great Gardens of China: history, concepts, techniques. The Monacelli Press, 2010.

Keswick, Maggie. The Chinese Garden: History, Art and Architecture. Harvard University Press, 1986.


Chinese Architecture

Fu, Xinian. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays. Princeton University Press, 2017.

Knapp, Ronald G. Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation. Tuttle Publishing, 2004.


Additional resources can be found on our blog as well.


If you wish to speak with Garden staff for a project, please send in an interview request 3-4 weeks in advance. Your request should include a description of your project and the project deadline. Please review our recommended reading before reaching out for an interview. Requests should be directed to [email protected].

Starting October 1st the Garden will be open 11am-4pm Friday - Sunday

Explore our Mid-Autumn Moon decorations during your next visit to the Garden and tune in with us on social as we celebrate this annual festival virtually!