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Introduction to the Garden

Introduction to the Garden

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INTRODUCTION TO THE GARDEN

WELCOME TO DR SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN!

Our Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver was the first real, full size Chinese garden built outside of China. It opened in 1986.

 

It is modelled on Ming Dynasty scholars’ gardens in the city of Suzhou in China. This is a garden home, where a Scholar and his family plus his servants would have lived during the Ming Dynasty era (1368 – 1644).

 

Scholars used their gardens as a place to escape the busy world. They created beautiful spaces to paint, write calligraphy, compose poetry and meditate.

 

A Scholar is a man who would have studied the Chinese classics, art and literature to a very high level in order to in prepare for the civil service (Government) examinations. If he passed the final examination, he entered government service as an official at the highest level.

Mingqing renwuxiaoxiang huaxuan(Nanjing:  Nanjing Bowuguan, 1979), pl. 16.  Ming portrait of Jiang Shunfu.  detail.

This is a picture of what a Scholar looked like in the Ming Dynasty era. We know he was a Scholar because of the two birds embroidered on his chest.

ACTIVITIES

Find out more about what it was like to live in a Garden Home like ours in the Ming Dynasty era with this collection of activities and worksheets!

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