Vancouver has a growing list of accolades, most of them good and some not so good (see worst dressed list). We’ve been named the most livable city in the world numerous times. We’re home to the most beautiful women in North America. We’re Canada’s greenest city, the list goes on. Now we can add the best city garden to the list as Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden has been named the # 1 city gardens around the world in a new book from National Geographic.
Located in Chinatown, The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-size Chinese or “scholars” garden built outside of China.
Here is an excerpt from The Province:
The classical Chinese garden was the first garden in the Ming Dynasty style created outside of China, and is located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, just blocks from the troubled heart of the city’s Downtown Eastside.
But it was special enough to get a spot in the book Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems.
In fact, the little garden is rated ahead of the Rodin Sculpture Garden in Paris and was one of just three North American gardens cited, along with the Foster Botanical Garden in Hawaii and the Conservatory Garden in New York’s Central Park.
When the book came out, garden executive director Kathy Gibler said the Huffington Post did an online survey about which of the top 10 city gardens was the most popular with its readers and Dr. Sun Yat-sen also finished first.
Our city is home to many gems and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden is definitely one of them. It’s the calm amid urban hustle and bustle. If you live in the lower mainland and haven’t yet been, I highly encourage you to check it out.