Upcoming Events

October 1, 2016

Miao Folk Art

Miao Folk Art

Date: October 1 – November 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Sat. October 8 | 4:00 - 6:00pm | Included with Garden Admission

Miao Folk Art offers a peek into the lives of the Miao people, one of many diverse minority groups in China, residing primarily in Guizhou province. Showcasing a segment of the art and culture of modern Miao communities, this exhibit features vintage and antique dress, embroidery, batik pieces, religious masks and jewelry accompanied by photographs of Guizhou by renowned anthropologist Evelyn Nodwell and refashioned modern embroidery by Guizhou native fashion designer Crystal Zhang.

The embroidery and jewelry of Miao people are embellished with unique festive and religious representations of myths, legends and social ranks. Their dress and exquisite silver ornament designs incorporate ancient symbols, reflecting the passing on of oral traditions unique to different Miao sub-groups.

Miao Folk Art was produced by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in partnership with the Asia Pacific International Artist Foundation, the City of Burnaby and, most notably, the inspiring people of the Miao villages in Guizhou.


Start: October 1, 2016 10:00 am
End: November 30, 2016 4:30 pm

October 29, 2016

Penjing Winter Care Workshop & Demonstration

Penjing Winter Care Workshop & Demonstration

Date: Sat. October 29, 2016 | 2:00 – 4:00pm
Tickets: $18 General | $5 Garden Member 
RSVP required: 
education@vancouverchinesegarden.com or 604-662-3207 ext 205

Penjing have been cultivated in China for over 2000 years and have garnered the epithet “Silent Poems” for their beauty, lyricism and artistic process. Join a group of diverse individuals with the aim of nurturing continued interest in the art of penjing and bonsai, meeting seasonally to share with each other and learn from experts. This winter care workshop will focus on potting, repotting, and suggestions for overwintering your penjing.
Spaces are limited.

A small selection of plants and pots for sale; please feel free to bring your own.
Soil and tools provided.


Start: October 29, 2016 2:00 pm
End: October 29, 2016 4:00 pm

November 1, 2016

PANEL DISCUSSION: “All Our Father’s Relations: Stories of Shared Chinese and First Nations Heritage” as part of the Heart of the City Festival

PANEL DISCUSSION: “All Our Father’s Relations: Stories of Shared Chinese and First Nations Heritage” as part of the Heart of the City Festival 

Date: Tues. November 1, 2016 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | FREE

Come join us for an evening of storytelling about the intertwining heritage of First Nations and Chinese communities in BC, inspired by the exciting new documentary film All Our Father’s Relations from Producer Sarah Wai Yee Ling and Director Al Yoshizawa of Right Relations.

Meet and speak with key storytellers from the film, Larry Grant and Howard E. Grant, the filmmakers, see select clips, and hear from other notable local figures with stories of First Nations and Chinese joint history.
Presented by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as part of the Heart of the City Festival, and in partnership with the Vancouver Asian Film FestivalHapa-palooza Festival, and Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia.

About the film:
“All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈) tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.
This film helps to record and revitalize the interconnected histories of Chinese Canadian and First Nations relations along the Fraser River in British Columbia. Dating as far back as the 19th century, relations between Chinese and First Nations in Canada were often respectful and mutually beneficial; both peoples supported one another in the face of marginalization and racism.

The Chinese market gardening history in the Musqueam community is an important historical example of reciprocal relationships between Chinese and First Nations, and the respect many early Chinese migrants showed as guests on First Nations’ territories. The film features siblings Helen Callbreath, Gordon Grant, Larry Grant, and Howard E. Grant, who are elders from the Musqueam Nation with Chinese ancestry. The siblings reflect on their experiences growing up on the Chinese farms at Musqueam and in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and the impact of discriminatory government legislation on their lives. They also visit the ancestral village of their late father, in Guangdong, China, for the first time. The Grants’ father, Hong Tim Hing, left the village of Sei Moon in Guangdong, China in 1920 to Vancouver, BC – the unceded territory of the Musqueam hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking people. He worked on the Lin On Farm at Musqueam Indian Reserve 2, where he met his wife, Agnes Grant.”



Start: November 1, 2016 7:00 pm
End: November 1, 2016 8:30 pm

November 5, 2016

3rd Annual Vancouver Tea Festival

3rd Annual Vancouver Tea Festival
by the Vancouver Tea Society & Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Saturday Nov. 5, 2016  |  10 – 6pm

Ticket admission includes access to:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – presentations, workshops, tea tastings, tea-leaf readings and tea plant experts
Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium – tea exhibitors and vendors’ booths


PUBLIC EARLY BIRD Price: $15.95, plus tax (Available until Sept. 30)

REGULAR PUBLIC Price: $18.95, plus tax (Available: Oct. 1 – Nov. 4)

GARDEN MEMBERS Exclusive Price: $15.95, plus tax (Available: Sept. 6 – Nov. 4)

**Children ages 5 and under are free

Did you know that the history of tea dates back to ancient China, almost 5,000 years ago? According to legend, in 2737 B.C. Emperor Shennong discovered tea when leaves from a wild tea tree blew into his pot of boiling water. He was immediately interested in the pleasant scent of the resulting brew. He drank some and found it incredibly refreshing.

To learn more and taste some of the best teas all in one place, join thousands of guests to the Vancouver Tea Festival on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.

With a fascinating global history and being the most widely consumed beverage in the world – next to water – tea rivals coffee admiration in Vancouver and the West Coast.

The Vancouver Tea Society, in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, brings this year a bigger, better, more inspiring and fun-filled one-day event full of tasting, learning and unique experiences. It is a chance to meet and experience local and international tea merchants, tea connoisseurs, tea plant specialists, and cultural experts and activities.


Start: November 5, 2016 10:00 am
End: November 5, 2016 6:00 pm

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