Next to San Francisco, Vancouver’s Chinatown is North America’s second largest Chinatown. It is an area filled with authentic Chinese restaurants and exotic shops waiting to be explored.
During this adventure, I explored this town like never before with expert guide, Robert Sung. He is a local Vancouverite who operates a unique tour called “A Wok Around Chinatown.” His mission is to educate, entertain and energize his guests from a culinary and cultural perspective right in the heart of Chinatown.
When I first met Robert, I was immediately impressed as he was wearing a traditional black Asian jacket looking every bit the perfect guide to show me around. Robert is very eloquent and extremely knowledgeable about the Chinese culture. It was an absolute treat to have him as my guide in Chinatown.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is named after the first president of the Republic of China. It is the first full scale classical Chinese garden to be constructed outside of China. This tranquil haven is built to resemble a scholar’s garden during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century. To authentically recreate this garden, all building materials were painstakingly imported from China. Even every one of the pebbles in the courtyard were shipped here and hand laid to form beautiful intricate patterns on the ground.
Traditionally, there are 4 elements built in harmony that make up a classical Chinese Garden: buildings, rocks, plants, and water. Remarkably, all the structures in the garden were built without using any nails. Instead, an ancient method of using interlocking tenon joints to construct and support the buildings was utilized.
Walking around this garden is such a peaceful experience. The urban oasis of The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is terrific way to escape the frantic pace of city life.
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada, V6B 5K2
Tel. (604) 662 3207