Upcoming Events

July 1, 2015

Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill

Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill
The Canadian premiere of master calligraphy scrolls meditating on the poetry of tea

Exhibit: July 1 – August 31, 2015

Opening Reception:
Artist in attendance

Garden Members-Exclusive
Sat. July 4th from 3pm
RSVP: memberships@vancouverchinesegarden.com

Public Opening Reception
Sat. July 4th from 4 – 7pm

CALLIGRAPHY talk & demonstrations with Master Don Wong:
Saturday July 11th, 2-4pm
Included with Garden admission

Tea is the world’s most popular drink. Behind this simple drink lay many layers of meaning and beauty. Tea has specific symbolic qualities that relate to the view of Asian philosophical traditions. The first is simplicity. Both Buddhism and Taoism stress that a life of simplicity brings great peace. Yearning for extravagance never brings satisfaction. The taste of tea is thus very special because it’s not extravagant or excessive. It is beautiful in its simplicity.

Tea Zen exhibition gives a glimpse of how this fascinating drink captures the human spirit and relates to Zen. The exhibit showcases Lam Wong’s documentary in which he interviews tea farmers, tea lovers, artists, tea masters and a Zen monk, his photographs of tea fields in China, a hand-made 100-piece tea set and the exquisite calligraphy scrolls written by master calligrapher, Don Wong.

Don’s cursive script is fluid with well controlled brush strength, a harmony of boldness and softness, full of drama and spirit. His works are highly regarded and collected in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the United States, the UK, Germany and France.

Joining the father – son duo is Bryan Mulvihill, Vancouver and New Delhi-based artist, calligrapher, Asian scholar, tea historian, and a founder of the art salon known as the World Tea Party. His calligraphy scrolls intend to inspire the creative participation of the viewer.


Start: July 1, 2015 10:00 am
End: August 31, 2015 7:00 pm

July 16, 2015

Enchanted Evenings in the Garden

Enchanted Evenings in the Garden

Spend your summer nights dining and dancing as you drink in the sights of Vancouver’s own urban oasis at this year’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Intended to stop you in your tracks, the Garden takes on added dimensions of intimacy and magic at sunset and you’re invited. Be taken away with our widely celebrated line-up of performers and enjoy gourmet picnic dinners by the award-winning Emelle’s catering. From the sultry and seductive vocals of Chanteuse Deanna Knight to the invigorating reverberations of Steinway grand pianos, you are sure to leave inspired.

Thursday July 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6, 13, 20


Doors open 7pm
Pre-ordered picnics will be served between 7pm & 8pm
Concert begins 8pm


$25 General Admission (Jim Byrnes + $5)
$20 Garden Members (Jim Byrnes + $5)
$35 VIP Front Reserved Front Rows Seating (Jim Byrnes + $5)
$50 Exclusive Private Mountaintop Patio (Jim Byrnes + $5) (Not available for July 30th concert)

Gourmet Picnic-Dinner Menu

Performances by:

Thursday July 16 (SOLD OUT)
Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars

Thursday July 23 (SOLD OUT)
The Jessica Stuart Few w/ special guest Wendy Stuart

Thursday July 30 – Concert Program
Vancouver Piano Ensemble

With eight hands and two grands, the Vancouver Piano Ensemble (VPE) has floored audiences with exquisite and engaging music since 2000. Ensemble members Chin Yen Lee, Susan Wong Lim, Win Rompf and Tanya Tyuleneva are dedicated to the promotion and performance of multi-piano music. This renowned group has taken the stage in the Greater Vancouver Area, as well as further afield in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, China, and Singapore and are sure to leave you inspired.

Thursday August 6
Zhambai Trio

Zhambai Trio plays traditional and original music from Zimbabwe and features ancient instruments such as the mbira (“thumb piano”), hosho (maracas), and ngoma (hand drums) as well as the more contemporary Zimbabwean marimba. The haunting yet uplifting sound of the mbira rhythms and interlocking melodies combined with the lilting quality of the vocal harmonies are at once stimulating and relaxing.  The sound is reminiscent of water dropping, spirits talking, ancestors singing, and blood pumping.

Thursday August 13
Jim Byrnes

Back by popular demand, Jim Byrnes will be flooring audiences again this summer at the Garden. Kick back and enjoy the smoldering, soulful sounds of Jim, a St. Louis native and renowned blues player, in the relaxed sunset garden atmosphere.

Thursday August 20
Silk Road Music
& newly found percussionist Davide Sampaolo

A musical adventure that explores China and beyond, Silk Road Music delivers virtuosity and imagination.
Allow yourself to be transported with the traditional Chinese Pipa (lute) weaving around a colourful thread of instruments from around the world: Flamenco guitar, Indian flute, Middle Eastern Oud and world percussion. Qiu Xia He (Chu Sha Her) and Andre Thibault, a husband-and-wife team, combine their skills and talent to share the excitement of this new breed of Canadian multicultural music.

Check back soon for more details!

Start: July 16, 2015 8:00 pm
End: August 20, 2015 10:00 pm

August 22, 2015

Tea Zen by Moonlight 茶月詩情

Tea Zen by Moonlight 茶月詩情

Saturday August 22nd, 2015
7:30pm – 10:00pm

Moonlit evenings in the Garden are magical, and perfectly complemented with a cup of tea. The Garden will host a private evening to screen “Tea Zen”, the new documentary by Lam Wong featuring contemplative visuals and interviews with Zen monks, artists and Chinese tea farmers while unfurling a deeper understanding of our relationship with tea. Following the screening is an opportunity to sample teas throughout the Garden through gong fu cha or meditation tea ceremonies, and to moon-gaze in the ting, our pavilion atop the mountain. Director Lam Wong and artist Bryan Mulvihill in attendance.

$20/person; limited space
Tickets available here
604-662-3207 ext. 0


Start: August 22, 2015 7:30 pm
End: August 22, 2015 10:00 pm

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