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April 3, 2016

Sawmills and Opera Houses: A Brief History of Block 14 and the Origins of Chinatown

Sawmills and Opera Houses: A Brief History of Block 14 and the Origins of Chinatown
By John Atkin

Exhibit: April 3 – May 26, 2016
Opening reception: April 2, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm

Included with Garden admission
Free for Garden Members

There is a rich and complex layered history of significant cultural and historical activities on the site of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, which are the origins of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Learn about the past muddy shoreline of False Creek that sat at the edge of Carrall Street and became the home of the Royal City Planing Mill in 1886, providing employment for many Chinese men who then settled nearby in bunkhouses built out over the creek.

This early population attracted other residents and businesses and by the 1890s the population was large enough to see the construction of the Sing Kew Opera House which could seat 500 patrons. It became an early bridge between cultures in the city. Over the years train stations, playgrounds, bus depots, roads and gas stations have occupied this important slice of Chinatown.

“Sawmills and Opera Houses” features historic maps, texts and archival photographs to explore the significant history of this fascinating block where Chinatown began. The exhibit coincides with the celebration of the Garden’s 30th anniversary.


Start: April 3, 2016 10:00 am
End: May 26, 2016 4:30 pm

May 27, 2016

Middle Kingdom Exhibit

Middle Kingdom Exhibit
Featuring the very first artists who showcased the beauty of Chinese art in the Garden:
Sheila Chao, Cynthia Wu, David Yip, Kelvin Lau, and Connie King

May 27 – June 29, 2016
Opening Reception: June 5, 2016 | 2-4pm
Included with Garden admission
Free for Garden Members

The Garden presents Middle Kingdom marking the return of the five artists who were first to display art on the Garden’s walls. Sheila Chao, Cynthia Wu, David Yip, Kelvin Lau and Connie King, all members of the Chinese Artists Association, have come together to exhibit their new works. This collection displays traditional Chinese painting on various mediums from paper fans to rock, portraying symbols and scenes of what the artists interpret as the essence of Chinese culture and the Garden.


Start: May 27, 2016 10:00 am
End: June 29, 2016 6:00 pm

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