The Dunedin Chinese Garden is an example of a late Ming, early Ching Dynasty Scholar's Garden, surrounded by a four metre perimeter wall.
The Scholar's Garden was traditionally the focal point of a family compound, which sometimes gathered several hundred family members and servants into a kind of 'gated' community.
It was in the Scholar's Garden part of the compound where guests and important visitors were received and entertained, and where the Scholar himself (a highly regarded member of Chinese society) lived and worked.
A Chinese Garden is more than just a garden in the European sense. The rocks, water, plants and buildings are important and symbolic elements.
The Dunedin Chinese Garden used authentic Chinese materials and was crafted by a team of artisans/craftsmen from Dunedin's sister city of Shanghai. In addition to the hand-made wooden buildings, the Garden features hand-made tiles, bricks and lattice-work and hand-finished granite paving stones.
The use of 'lake stone' - 900 tonnes of it - represents an essential element of Chinese art dating from the Tang Dynasty (600-900 AD).
The Garden has a Tea House and Gift Shop, toilets and free car parking. It is an all weather garden with covered walkways. Guided Tours are available and run daily at 2.00pm or by prior appointment.
Hours at the Chinese Garden
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is open from 10am to 5pm, 7 days per week and 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays. Admission Charges apply. Days of closure are Good Friday, ANZAC morning and Christmas Day.
Enquiries and bookings can be made by calling 477 3248.
RATES: Quoted in NZ$, Subject to change.
|Child (under 13 years with Adult)||free|
|Season Ticket - Adult (12 months admission)||$20.00|
|Student/Beneficiary Season Ticket (12 month admission)||$15.00|
Conducted tours of the Chinese Garden (approximately 1 hour) are available at 2.00 pm and other times by arrangement.
Dunedin Chinese Garden, Dunedin Public Garden Enquiry Form
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