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Seattle Chinese Garden

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.5518, -122.3524 Map & Directions
2.0 miles of trails
The Seattle Chinese Garden was developed in the style of Sichuan gardens in partnership with Seattle’s sister city, Chongqing. Photo by wafflesnfalafel. Full-size image
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Waterfalls

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Located near South Seattle Community College, the Seattle Chinese Garden provides a peaceful retreat from the busyness of the city. Continue reading

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Hiking Seattle Chinese Garden

Located near South Seattle Community College, the Seattle Chinese Garden provides a peaceful retreat from the busyness of the city. Still in development, the park is make possible by a partnership with Seattle's sister city in China, Chongqing. The Chinese municipality helped develop the park in the style of Sichuan gardens. Since the cities established sister city ties in 1983, there have been more than 200 exchanges in education, the arts, as well as business and government.

One exchange is the Song Mei Pavilion, designed and made in Chongqing, and assembled in Seattle by a team of Chinese artisans. It is the first of many planned structures in the six-acre garden.

Sichuan gardens function both as backdrops for civic celebrations and quiet contemplation. You'll likely enjoy more quiet than celebration here, but the water features flowing through the park and rock formations reflect the natural landscape and provide something of a soundtrack to go with your visit.

As the park develops, buildings and structures will afford visitors glimpses of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle, as well as the striking Olympic Mountains. For now, enjoy what it is today, and be sure to revisit as it grows and changes.

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Seattle Chinese Garden

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Co-ordinates: 47.5518, -122.3524 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

driving directions

Heading west on the West Seattle bridge, take the exit for Delridge Way SW. Drive south to the third light, then turn left onto SW Oregon. Follow Oregon to the top of the hill, then veer right onto 21st Avenue SW. Make the first left turn on Dawson and continue onto 16th Avenue SW. Follow 16th Avenue South for a quarter-mile to South Seattle Community College and the Seattle Chinese Garden.

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This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedules for King County Metro route number 125 or route number 128.

Routes 125 and 128 stop in front of the Robert Smith Building of South Seattle Community College. The Garden is on the northern edge of the campus.

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