Dunedin Chinese Garden Opening

By Peter Sew Hoy
The Dunedin Chinese Garden opened to the public on the 8th of July 2008. Interest has been overwhelming with visitor numbers hugely beyond expectation. This should continue with summer just around the corner and the start of the cruise ship visits.

The formal opening of the Chinese Garden took place on Tuesday 16th September. It was attended by over 350 people. The Prime Minister of NZ, Helen Clark and the Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress Mr. Liu unveiled a plaque outside the Entrance Pavilion. There was a great turnout of all those associated with construction of the Garden, both from Dunedin and Shanghai, as well as those who donated towards the Garden. It was a particularly special day for the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust as it was the celebration of the culmination of over ten years hard work.

The Otago & Southland Branch has been closely involved with the Chinese Garden project with six committee members on the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust (DCGT), as well as having donated $35,000 towards the project.

The OSCA Lion Dance Team performed at the formal opening. Hopefully our lions will bring luck and good fortune to the new Chinese Garden.

You can get more details on the Dunedin Chinese Garden such as background information, opening hours and admission charges on the Chinese Garden section of the Dunedin City Council website.