Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A day in Vancouver: Chinese Gardens

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

The Dr Sun Yat Sen gardens in the middle of Vancouver are amazing... they ask you to "Step into our door and out of your daily life. As your heart and mind relax, energy renews. Journey back in time to 15th Century China and enjoy this "window to another world".

Like every classical Chinese garden, the design of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. Together, these four elements combine to create a breathtaking experience of perfect balance, yin and yang.

East meets west with the new architecture in the background... another example of yin and yang.

Anyone who knows me, will know my love for iris's... and these were beautiful, they provided a great splash of colour on an overcast and dull day.

There was stunning architecture at the gardens, all this was put together using traditional chinese methods. No nails or glue at all!!!!

Jason's favourite bansai in the gardens, called "rock wraps around tree":

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