THE SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN at South Seattle Community College

This was the official website for the Seattle Chinese Garden. Content is from the site's 2012 archived pages.

About Us

The Seattle Chinese Garden inspires global understanding by immersing visitors in the richness and beauty of Chinese culture.  Our mission is to create a traditional Sichuan-style Chinese garden, the only one of its kind outside China, as a means of celebrating Seattle's rich Chinese heritage and supporting Seattle's future business and cultural relationship with China.

Our mission to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, by providing a beautiful "coming together space" in Sichuan style, will strengthen the region's global community and citizenship.

The Seattle Chinese Garden Society is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization responsible for the creation and operation of the Garden.

Information is available about the Garden's Sister City, Chongqing, board and staff and job opportunities as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

• Visit 8th China's Chongqing International Garden Expo 
• Choose Cultural/Educational or Business Exploration Tracks 
• Optional Extension Tour to Gardens and Scenic Areas of Sichuan 
• Depart Seattle on March 16, with flexible return dates.

The Garden is excited to announce plans for the March 18–23 “Seattle Week in Chongqing” led by prominent Seattle city leaders. Chongqing is a vibrant, booming city set in a dramatic mountain and river landscape in Southwest China. Our Chongqing government partners are organizing an excellent array of programs for the two delegation tracks. Highlights will be the 8th China-Chongqing International Garden Expo showcasing more than 70 gardens from diverse regions of China and around the world, including our Seattle-style garden, and a welcome banquet hosted by high-level Chongqing officials.

 

• Visit 8th China–Chongqing International Garden Expo 
• Choose Cultural/Educational or Business Exploration Tracks 
• Optional Extension Tour to Gardens and Scenic Areas of Sichuan 
• Depart Seattle on March 16, with flexible return dates.

The Garden is excited to announce plans for the March 18–23 “Seattle Week in Chongqing” led by prominent Seattle city leaders. Chongqing is a vibrant, booming city set in a dramatic mountain and river landscape in Southwest China. Our Chongqing government partners are organizing an excellent array of programs for the two delegation tracks. Highlights will be the 8th China-Chongqing International Garden Expo showcasing more than 70 gardens from diverse regions of China and around the world, including our Seattle-style garden, and a welcome banquet hosted by high-level Chongqing officials.

 

Sichuan Extension Tour

Seattle Chinese Garden
Cultural & Natural Wonders of Sichuan
2012 Post-Chongqing Extension Tour
March 23 – April 2 (or March 31)
Coordinator:
Sandy Marvinney
Seattle Chinese Garden,
Member, SCG Board of Directors
sandymar2@comcast.net
206-363-0501

Visit beautiful Sichuan, sister province to Washington State.
Delegation members depart Chongqing on the morning of Friday, March 23 and fly to Chengdu
on Friday, March 30. Delegates may return to Seattle on Saturday March 31, or spend two extra days in Beijing
and return on Monday, April 2. Other individual return options are possible. Please contact Sandy.

ITINERARY

FRI MAR 23 AM Depart Chongqing by motor coach. Visit Dazu Stone Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage site on
the eastern edge of Chonqing Municipality, with more than 10,000 figures carved in the cliff sides
during the Tang and Song Dynasties. The most famous is an enormous sleeping Buddha.
After lunch in Dazu, we visit the studio of a master stone carver who is donating a large Guanyin
sculpture to our Seattle Chinese Garden.
Arrive in Chengdu by early evening (Group lunch & dinner)
Buddha Zen Hotel (traditional architecture; comfortable rooms, modern amenities) (BLD)

SAT 24 AM Visit studio of famed sculptor Ye Yushan, who created the Li Bai statue for our Garden.
PM After lunch, visit DuFu Cottage and Garden complex, Songxianqiao traditional market,
and the WenShu Temple (not far from hotel); group dinner, evening open. (BLD)

SUN 25 AM Visit Panda Breeding Center in beautiful, park-like grounds on outskirts of Chengdu.
PM Lunch and visit Sanxingdui Museum and its amazing collection of Bronze Age relics
from a “lost civilization” unlike any other in China. The Seattle Art Museum curated an
exhibit of these relics in 2001, which later traveled to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
You will see them at the source of discovery! (BLD)

MON 26 AM Travel by motor coach west of Chengdu to the beautiful mountain of Qingchengshan, one of
China’s “cradles of Taoism,” with a large temple and garden complex at the summit (elev. 6,250 ft).
Enjoy a short ferry ride across a lovely lake, and a gondola ride most of the way up the mountain.
A well-maintained forest trail, dotted with rustic, open-air pavilions, allows an easy walk to the

broad summit. Picnic lunch provided. Dinner on your own in Chengdu. Evening open. (BL)

TUE 27 AM This three-day, two-night visit to the Sichuan countryside south of Chengdu takes us first to the
 Great Buddha at Leshan, carved into a cliff on the Min River. This wonder of the Tang Dynasty is
233 feet tall! After lunch we’ll drive through the countryside to the old village of Shangli, known
for it stone bridges and ancient pagodas and towers. It was once a hub of the Southern Silk Road
and start of the old “Tea-Horse Trail to Tibet. Mao Zedong and the Red Army camped here on the
Long March. Then, on to Emeishan and two nights at Emeishan Hot Springs Hotel. (BLD)

WED 28 Emeishan — Spend the day exploring one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains, a UNESCO
World Heritage site. More than 70 monasteries and temples and numerous small pavilions are
situated along a complex network of trails. Buses can take visitors halfway up the mountain or to
a large temple complex below the summit. Weather and conditions permitting, it is possible to
reach the summit (10,167 ft) by cable car or hiking. We can divide into groups according to
“hike more” or “hike less” or “bus only.” (Picnic lunch). Group dinner at hotel; evening open. (BLD)

THU 29 Depart Emeishan (time TBD), and return to Chengdu and Buddha Zen Hotel, with possible
sightseeing stop along the way. Special farewell dinner in one of the charming local restaurants
in colorful Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi Alley near the hotel. Evening open. (BLD)

Fri 30 AM Depending on departure time of flight to Beijing, we may have one more sightseeing opportunity
(or free time) in the morning. (B only; lunch on own)
PM Arrive in Beijing; local guide escorts us to the Prime Hotel, on famed Wangfujing Street and not
far from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Rest of day/evening open; dinner on own.

SAT 31 Open day for small group or independent sightseeing. Visit the Great Wall or Summer Palace,
Forbidden City, or other sites. (B only; L/D on own). Travelers returning to Seattle will fly out in
late afternoon (taxi on your own to airport).

SUN APR 1 Morning Free. At 11 am our guide escorts us to lunch in one of the few remaining Hutongs of old
Beijing and a visit to a family home, and then Madame Soong’s mansion. Afterward see Houhai
Lake, where the locals gather for tea. An early dinner is at the Dazhaimen Restaurant of Family
Bai, located in Prince Li’s traditional Qing Dynasty home. (BLD)

 

MON 2 Morning free; lunch on own. Guide escorts us to the airport for a 4:45 pm Hainan flight to Seattle.
Arrive home at Sea-Tac at 11:20 am on April 2. (B only).

SCG March 2012 Tour Costs

This wonderful travel experience taking you to our favorite places in Sichuan. You will stay at excellent hotels,
enjoy great food, and get to know tour members who share interests in Chinese gardens and culture.


SICHUAN / BEIJING TOUR COSTS include hotel with continental breakfast, group lunches and dinners (BLD as
on the itinerary) , listed sightseeing and other group programs; and airport transfers except for those departing
March 31 in Beijing. Not included are gratuities to guides and drivers (the tour leader will coordinate with
participants), personal expenses and gratuities, free time and self-guided sightseeing and meals on own, and
optional cultural performances or other activities not named on the schedule.

NOTES / OPTIONS:

• Travel dates: The Sichuan tour departs Chongqing on March 23. The package includes Hainan Airlines
roundtrip Seattle-Beijing air fare, and Beijing–Chongqing and Chengdu to Beijing fares. Please consult with
tour coordinators if you wish to fly from Beijing to Seattle on March 31 (rather than April 2) or if you are
considering independent travel at the conclusion of the Sichuan-Chengdu or Beijing portions.
• The Chongqing–Sichuan Tour cost presumes a minimum of 10 persons continuing on the Sichuan tour;
costs will be somewhat higher for March 23–30 with fewer than 10 persons due to Sichuan travel agency
policies. Chongqing costs are not affected by group number.
• Double occupancy: If you do not have a travel companion and would prefer double occupancy accommodations,
please contact a tour coordinator as others might be interested in room sharing.
Sichuan/Chengdu – Beijing (3 nights)
March 23 – April 2
$2,219 per person double occupancy hotel room
$2,819 single occupancy

 

 

Winter Hours:

 

Wednesday through Sunday 12 to 4:30 pm. 
Docent Tours - First Saturdays of the month starting November 5, 1:00 pm.
Admission is free to Seattle residents, SCG members, and children under 5. Otherwise: Adults $6, Seniors 62+ $5, Students $5. Private tours can still be arranged. 
 
IMAGE: mattew-sophia
Matthew and Sophia from West Seattle run through the east gate

 

Celebrate the New Year

And help the Seattle Chinese Garden Grow

Enjoy fine dining at O'Asian Kitchen and help the Seattle Chinese Garden grow at the same time. 
For a limited time, you can buy gift cards at a 10% discount.

  


Located at 800 5th Avenue,  Seattle, WA 98104
Free validated parking at lunch and after 4 pm. www.oasiankitchen.com

 

To buy online, click here.

 

Video Highlights the Garden Vision

Matt Lincoln, a talented young filmmaker based in New York, spent several weeks in Seattle during the fall 2010 to film the final stages of courtyard construction and interview Garden leaders and supporters. The video "Bridging the Waters" premiered at the Chinese New Year gala and inspired many people to give generously.
Come visit to see the exquisite courtyard created by the master Chinese artisans, and the nearby Pine and Plum Pavilion, a charming open-air pavilion in its own garden setting.  Bring family and friends. Be sure to spend some time in the Garden's Discovery Center, which displays photos of the artisans at work, stone carving art, a video of courtyard construction, plans for the full five-acre garden, and much more. 

Give a Gift That Endures… Honor a Family Member or Friend with a Garden Brick

Years from now, visitors to the garden will pass by this wall and be delighted to say, "look, right there, those are my grandparents' names - they helped build this garden." 
 
Give a truly memorable, personalized gift.  If you purchase a brick for our donor wall (to be built in 2011) we will prepare a special, numbered certificate for you to give now. This is a great gift for someone who has everything.
 
Prices vary from $200 to $600 based on the size of the brick and number of lines included.  Bricks are made of green granite stone and have gold engraving.  The bricks are 100% tax deductible.  If you have questions regarding the Brick Campaign, please email bricks@seattlechinesegarden.org or call the office at 206-934-5219.  

Your gift helps to build the Garden and strengthen a legacy for the important people in your life. 
     

Job and Volunteer Opportunities  

New volunteer positions offer a great way to help with public outreach and education:  
To learn more, please click on the descriptions below. 
Special Events  
Visitor Services 
Administrative Services   
Gardening Maintenance  
Monthly Garden Work Party 
Docent Services
  
 
Garden Work Parties 
  
On the third Sunday in every month, we hold volunteer work parties on-site from noon to two p.m, or later. Volunteers will rake, weed, transplant and mulch. Please bring gloves, shovels, rakes, and other equipment; the Garden can provide equipment as well. Refreshments will be served.  
 
 
  

 

Become a Site Guide and Docent Assistant

We anticipate hundreds of visitors weekly - share in the excitement by joining our expanding core of garden guides.   

To learn more about the training program and site guide duties, please contact Julia Freimund at julia@seattlechinesegarden.org or 206.934.5219 
 

 

 

 

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