Last year, we visited Vancouver for a friend's wedding. I'd been to Vancouver once before, but only for business, and hadn't really explored at all. We got a chance to do a little exploring while we were there, but the highlight was at the wedding reception venue - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
The garden is the first complete classical Chinese garden to be built outside China (and, we were told, the only complete garden of its kind in North America). It is a re-creation of a Ming Dynasty-era scholar's private residence. While we were at the wedding reception, it was too dark to tour the entire space, but the woman who runs the garden asked us to come back the next day for a private tour. She showed us around the garden and explained the different elements that are present in the garden and what they represent. She also gave us a colorful history lesson about life in China in the Ming era. It was an interesting glimpse into Chinese history and a beautiful, calm space to spend time in.
You can find a few more photos of the garden here.