Zen in the City: Vancouver's Chinese Classical Garden
Geese protecting their eggs upon an island rock in the centre of a pond rife with koi awaiting bread crumbs or a fat fly to come within rippling sight of the surface.
Bamboo and flowers hanging overhead like chandeliers to the winding trailed corridors with the occasional peak-a-boo to the gazebos and the main building that offers tours and further garden exploration.
The portion that I explored and explain here was free; however, as mentioned, there is a tour explaining the history of this oasis, voted the best City Garden in North America by National Geographic.
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, a morose sounding guy who hated the place.
Thirty five per cent of Vancouver’s population is foreign-born (the highest figure for a city in the world). It has the highest proportion of Asians in any North American city.
Sun Yat Sen Gardens (named after the Chinese revolutionary) were the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China. Chinese gardens employ principles of Feng Shui and Taoism, to achieve harmony and a balance of opposites. Craggy rocks, for example, are juxtaposed against delicate foliage. Water is also an important element of the garden. It is an oasis of peace in the beautiful city.
A blog post I wrote about Vancouver: http://travelwellflysafe.com/2014/07/05/things-i-have-learned-in-vancouver-canada/