Chinese garden in winter

One of Vancouver's most interesting sights is the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen garden in Chinatown. Built between 1985 and 1986, it sits within the safe confines of a walled enclosure. To build it, workers used techniques handed down from the days of the Ming Dynasty. Fifty-two workers from China worked alongside Canadians for about a year to finish the complex without the use of nails, screws or glue.

It's a quiet place that invites reflection. The pond is surrounded by many plants.

The garden is named in honour of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, one of the militants who overthrew the Qing government, the last Chinese imperial dynasty. He became one of the pioneers of the Republic of China and was its first provisional president in 1912. His memory is revered by the people of both mainland China and Taiwan, a rather unique feat. He is often referred to as the "Father of the Nation."


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