Chinese Cultural Garden
|Chinese Cultural Garden|
The large Friendship Gate at Overfelt Gardens
|Location||San Jose, California|
|Area||6 acres (2.4 ha)|
|Founder||Frank Lowe, Pauline Lowe, Dr. Chen Li-Fu|
The Chinese Cultural Garden occupies 6 acres (24,000 m2) of Overfelt Gardens park in San Jose, California. The addition of the Chinese Cultural Garden to Overfelt is primarily the work of Chinese immigrant Frank Lowe, his wife Pauline (who serves as park docent), and Dr. Chen Li-Fu of Taiwan.
Features and events
Features include an ornamental Friendship Gate, the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, the Chiang Kai-shek Pavilion, a large statue of Confucius, the Plum Pavilion, a sundial, and a carved, 15 ton black marble stone, mined and shipped from the Republic of China (Taiwan), donated by Tainan, one of San Jose's sister cities.
The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is constructed from marble, bronze, and mahogany and was built in Taiwan, disassembled, then shipped and reassembled in San Jose. It features a ceramic tile roof weighing almost twenty tons.
The large black stone is a gift from Tainan and is at least one million years old. It was placed in Overfelt Gardens on 10 October 1980, marking the Chinese day of independence from Imperial rule. The large red carved characters on the rock are Chinese: 忠孝; pinyin: Zhōng Xiào, meaning loyalty.
On the third Sunday of September, the park celebrates the Chinese Moon Festival. It is primarily an event to showcase Asian performing arts, but also has arts and crafts for children and promotional booths from non-profit organizations, such as Cityteam and the San José Police Department.
- City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Overfelt Gardens brochure, March 2001 revision
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- Laws, David (19 October 2013). "Chinese Cultural Garden, San Jose". Northen California Gardens. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
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