What is the significance behind Taihu rocks, a jade-coloured pond, and leak windows? Enhance your understanding and appreciation of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden with our 45-minute guided tour. Our knowledgeable docents will lead you on an exploration of the rich history and design that make the garden a unique living museum and cultural heritage site in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood.
After the tour, enjoy a cup of complimentary hot tea and savour the moment…
From a walk in historical Chinatown to Tai chi in the Garden, we offer specialized group programs that are fun, interactive, and educational.
A minimum of ten paying participants is required for group rates. To ensure your visit on the day and time of your choosing, please book at least three weeks in advance and provide the following information:
Three preferred dates and times
Group category (adults or seniors) and group size
Email address, phone number, and organization’s name
Garden Tour (60 min)
$10.50/Adult | $9.50/Senior
A Chinese garden is so much more than a collection of rocks and plants. Let our guide take you through a journey of traditional Ming Dynasty family life, philosophy, and cultural history. Come to the Garden and discover what treasures lie inside.
Historic Chinatown Walking Tour (90 min)
$15.50/Adult | 14.50/Senior
Visit Vancouver's Chinatown with one of our local experts! Explore this historic area with its traditional markets, family associations, and remarkable architecture to discover the stories of one of North America’s largest Chinatowns.
A Taste of Tai Chi (60 min)
$15.50/Adult | 14.50/Senior
Experience a unique form of martial arts in our beautiful Chinese Garden. Tai chi involves a series of gentle movements and simple postures designed to improve coordination, balance and relieve stress. No previous experience required; safe and engaging for all ages.
Gong Fu Cha: Tea Ceremony (60 min)
$28.00/Adult or Senior
Tea drinking is an integral part of Chinese culture. Since ancient times, the simple pleasure of family and friends gathering to drink tea has been practiced to promote good health and well-being. Join our tea master for an introduction to Chinese tea, as you savour the delicate fragrances, imagining yourself as an ancient scholar at leisure in their garden-home.
Dim Sum Experience (75 min)
Join the worldly Thomas Robson — retired chef, TV host and cookbook author — on a deliciously curated adventure! Diners will be guided through the cultural and culinary aspects of dim sum at a local Cantonese restaurant: from tea selection to social etiquette to the various types of dishes. Price includes entire meal costs and your own copy of “Introduction to Dim Sum”.
Awaken the Dragon (90 min)
A minimum of 14 paying participants is required for Awaken the Dragon. Get into action with this 2,000-year-old tradition. Let our coaches take you out onto the scenic False Creek and teach you the proper technique of dragon boat paddling. All equipment is provided, including personal flotation devices and paddles. A great activity for team-building!