Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If you overlook the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden thinking that it's just like any other garden, you're doing yourself a disservice. While it may appear like a simple pond flanked by bamboo and rocks, the garden's free guided tour reveals the mystical meaning behind each aspect of the garden. Created by artisans from Suzhou, China, the carvings, passages and subtle contrasting elements portray the renowned Taoist yin-yang notion that harmony is achieved through opposition.
Shoestring travelers can visit the nearby "free zone" (also designed in a classical Chinese fashion), but you'll miss out on the tour, not to mention the chance to taste some traditional Chinese tea. During the summer, the garden plays host to a fantastic concert series featuring traditional Chinese music as well as numerous other genres.
Located in Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is open every day with tours starting about every hour. Unless you are very interested in Chinese culture, you may find that the entrance fee is a little pricey (approximately $14 for adults). For more information on hours, fees and a concert schedule, check out the garden's website.