Enter the Year of the Dragon in Vancouver’s Chinese Garden

by Sandra Foyt on January 23, 2012

in Travel Ideas

chinese lanternsWhen the clock strikes midnight on January 23, 2012, the Chinese New Year will usher in the most promising of zodiac tidings – the Year of the Dragon.

It’s going to be a good year. Considered the most powerful of the twelve animals associated with the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a symbol of strength and good luck.

To mark this auspicious event, follow a trail of ancient Chinese proverbs placed in a fitting setting – The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, Canada.

Vancouver Chinese Garden

Take a journey back in time to 15th Century China, to where:

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away.”

Vancouver Chinese Garden - a boy and his dad.

“A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time.” Mencius (372 – 289 BCE)

Vancouver Chinese Garden - weeping willow

“Hidden dragons, crouching tigers.”

Vancouver Chinese Garden - little girl by the pond

“To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.”

Vancouver Chinese Garden - children playing

“The dragon teaches you that if you want to climb high you have to do it against the wind.”

Gong Xi Fa Ca! That’s the traditional Chinese New Year greeting that means “wishing you prosperity” in Mandarin.

Go See It!

To plan a visit to The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden go to www.vancouverchinesegarden.com  for rates, hours of operation, tours, and much more.

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Thank you to Tourism Vancouver for providing a Media Experience Pass granting free admission to a number of area attractions!

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Sarah BB @ East9thStreet February 7, 2012 at 2:21 am

What a neat place! I’m sure one could capture some amazing photos there.
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Alexa Meisler February 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Wow. The pictures definitely took my breath away. It look exactly like a real Chinese garden and I wouldn’t have guessed that this was in Vancouver. Thank you for putting up the photos!
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