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Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese revolutionary and political Father of Modern China. Sun played an instrumental role in the eventual collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. He was the first provisional president when the Republic of China (ROC) was founded in 1912 and later co-founded the Kuomintang (KMT) where he served as its first leader. Sun was a uniting figure in post-Imperial China, and remains unique among 20th-century Chinese politicians for being widely revered in both Mainland China and in Taiwan.
Although Sun is considered one of the greatest leaders of modern China, his political life was one of constant struggle and frequent exile. After the success of the revolution, he quickly fell out of power in the newly-founded Republic of China, and led successive revolutionary governments as a challenge to the warlords who controlled much of the nation. Sun did not live to see his party bring about consolidation of power over the country. His party, which formed a fragile alliance with the Communists, split into two factions after his death. Sun’s chief legacy resides in his developing a political philosophy known as the Three Principles of the People (The People’s Relation/Connection, The People’s Power, and the People’s Livelihood/Welfare, or sometimes known as nationalism, democracy, and socialism depending on the translation).
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Right in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and adjacent Sun Yat-Sen Park are the perfect urban oasis.
The stunning Garden is an authentic representation of Ming Dynasty-era tradition and the first of its kind outside China. Be enchanted by the Garden’s winding paths, rocks, plants, and beautiful vistas. In the park alongside the Garden, find peace and tranquility in the unique rock forms, water lily-covered pond, pagoda, and lush plants.
Ken’s Personal Comments: Visiting the Vancouver Sun Yat Garden was a most interesting experience. There so much to see and experience, you could spend many hours in this large garden. You need to be in a state of BEING rather than DOING.
A state of BEING is a quiet reflective meditative state versus having on your mind a sense of how quickly can I can get through this garden because I have many other things to do else where.
A state of BEING restores you from the inside – out for your whole sense of wellbeing. You want to amble or sit …. taking in the ambling paths, the beautiful placement of twisted uneven boulders, some horizontal and some vertical. Then you suddenly enter upon the entry to the small lake with its still reflecting water with leaves floating on the surface.
An occasional duck on the water provides a sense of movement in this atmosphere of tranquillity.
The informal planting outlines are suddenly intruded upon by the distant machine – like rectangular, vertical shapes of office blocks of Vancouver city.
As you walk around the lake you come upon small man-made constructed pagodas with strongly defined upturned wings on the roof. There may be small bridge to reach it. The pagoda would have seats inside for you to reflect on the beauty of the lake and garden you have been walking through.
There is then suddenly a flowering bush like a soft purple azalea contrasting against the overall green of the garden.
All the informality of the garden is suddenly broken when you about to exit the garden. You go into the building you initially came into with its precise well built walls and here there is very ordered written sign in on the significance of Sun Yat-sen as a Chinese revolutionary and political Father of Modern China. This explains the significance of the garden and what you have been through.
The garden is very symbolic of life overall …. Between a sense of form with order and a sense of freedom and informality. Sun Yat-sen certainly was dealing with these issues as a Chinese revolutionary and political Father of Modern China.
Garden front door chinese marble fu dog statue.
A gravel path winds it way amongst unique rock forms and lush foliage. There is a great sense of discovery ….. You never know what is around the corner. You want keep exploring.
A gravel path borders the small lake then crosses the lake over a small bridge. The path turns right and turns up past some Chinese-type buildings.There is a great reflection of the buildings and the garden in the lake.
You suddenly enter upon the entry to a portion of the small lake with its still reflecting water with water lily leaves floating on the surface. See the photos below.