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New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

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Address: 1000 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301-1114
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(718) 425-3504
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is truly unique attraction that adds...

The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is truly unique attraction that adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a host of multi-cultural events. It features magnificent rockery that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar's rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard. The Garden is a compilation of different gardens in China. It is based on Ming Dynasty Gardens (1368-1644). The New York Scholar's garden is the one of two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States. A team of 40 Chinese artists and craftsmen spent a year in China creating the Garden's components and another six months in Staten Island as craftsmen-in-residence at Snug Harbor to complete the construction. The Chinese Scholar's Garden at Snug Harbor is one of only two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States.

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Very refreshing change, though unkempt

A friend and I got the bus to here from the ferry station. The bus was $2.75 each way though I think you can use an unlimited metro card or coins (they don't accept notes!). The... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A friend and I got the bus to here from the ferry station. The bus was $2.75 each way though I think you can use an unlimited metro card or coins (they don't accept notes!). The entrance to the botanical gardens is confusing to find as it is not labelled as such. I think it's labelled Snug Harbor. Truth be... More 

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us! Yes, we are working on improving our signage as the Chinese Scholar's Garden is actually part of Snug Harbor so it can be a little bit confusing for visitors. We're also in the midst of overall improvements so we hope that you return again soon! More 

Staten Island, New York
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is probably the best kept secret on Staten Island. A Scholars Garden is not really a garden but modeled after retirement residences for Chinese professors or "scholars. Featureing Koi Ponds, exotic stone sculptures, glass mosaics and MoonGates, theses are distinctly Chinese in character. There is one in Portland Oregon and one more in Vancouver, Canada. Worth a visit in... More 

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. As part of a non profit organization, it's always a challenge to keep up with maintenance, unfortunately, but we're so glad that you appreciate all of the aspects of the Chinese Scholar's Garden and hope that you return again soon :) More 

Sayville, New York
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

The garden is located in the Snug Harbor cultural area. Serene is the first word to describe the gardens. The area is dedicated to a Zen quality and each area in the building inspires that feeling. As you walk through the building you each area is equal to the preceding area in its tranquil and serene surrounding.

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Melissa W, Public Relations Manager at New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're so glad that you were able to experience the serenity, as you described. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Staten Island, New York
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a place to visit that truly opens a person up culturally. Round doorways, windows leave one with a feeling of peace and quiet, Bring a book and sit a while.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a hidden treasure in Staten island. When you walk the grounds you feel like your in a different country. Beautiful buildings, ponds, flowers, fish capture what a Chinese Garden feels like.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

The place is seriously unkept. Plants are overgrown. Pots are knocked over. Doors were locked to buildings. I can't believe this place was rated as the 6th highest place to visit in Staten Island.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Peaceful setting and interesting little nooks for quiet reflection. The place is pretty, especially at dusk, but in need of repair.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 July 2016

this is a wonderful experience. so well done, beautiful & different from any other gardens I have ever seen. this should not be missed. If possible obtain a docent for a tour.

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Reviewed 26 June 2016

This is one of Usa's two authentic Chinese gardens. It is located in Snug Harbour, Staten island. This was once a sailor's retirement village.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

I came here with my 20 year old daughter. This place has great architecture and was a great place to take photos.

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