I wanted to visit the scholar's garden, The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
Pond watersThe garden was built just a few decades ago, but in honour of ancient principles. Somewhat surprisingly, plants are not the main element of a Chinese garden; they rank lower in importance than the foundational element of architecture, and the elements of rock (textured and weathered) and water (deliberately clouded, for better reflection).
It is less controlled than a Japanese garden, but no less careful. It is walled, contained. Vancouver skyscrapers are visible above the pagodas, in perfect balance; this garden belongs here.
There are couplets on the walls.
Courtyard ever green
all four seasons with
Perfect right here
one fine volume
of poetic inspiration