The Ingenious Design of a Chinese Garden

August 4, 8:30am - 10:00am PDT. Hosted at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

part of a series on Genius


About this FieldTrip

Bamboo, koi, lotus: these are some of the beautiful elements in a classical Chinese garden that catch people’s attention, but the ancient design concept of harmoniously juxtaposing architecture with the natural environment is rarely talked about. On August 4, join architectural historian Ulduz Maschaykh and landscape designer Pengfei Du for an eye-opening tour at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and explore the ingenious design elements, such as the timber frame structure and the sophisticated arrangement of Taihu rocks.

The tour will be in into two parts, each about 20 minutes. Coffee and pastries will be served prior to the tour (8:30–9:00 A.M). You are invited to explore the tranquil garden on your own and spend some time in solitude.

About Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden opened its doors in 1986 as both an urban oasis and a non-profit living museum. Built by 53 master craftsmen from China with 950 crates of raw material and using building techniques authentic to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), the Garden represents one of the first major partnerships between the Chinese and non-Chinese communities in Vancouver.