Jacob C.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Sun Yat Sen Garden

The Sun Yat Sen Garden promotes the understanding between the Chinese and western culture.  Its financing and construction represent a unique cooperative effort between Canada, the People's Republic of China, and Vancouver's Chinese & non-Chinese communities.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned was that they didn't use any glue, screws, or power tools. Surprisingly they used there hands and some of the rock are 40 pounds!!! Another thing I found interesting so that this garden only took them one year to build.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The most important thing I learned was that most of the materials, tools and techniques were imported from china. Some of the trees are over 200 year old. The construction of the garden costed $5.3 million and opened to public in time of EXPO 86. This garden is located in the heart of Vancouver and open to the public.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Today most people would not make garden like Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese Garden due to the high cost. It would be very hard to get the material. For example limestone, hand fired roof tiles, or even the courtyard pebbles. By visiting this garden, we would appreciate other culture.