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A special treasure within the Botanical Garden is the Chinese Garden Qian Yuan, a classical southern Chinese scholar's garden donated to the Ruhr University in 1990 by our partner university, the Tongji University of Shanghai.

When this fragile construction turned out to have suffered severe damage from our harsh climate within a few years, the Chinese Garden Society was founded in 2000 to prevent the imminent razing of the building and to collect donations for its renovation. After the Garden was reopened in October 2001 the Society remained in existence and now pursues two important goals:

  • to keep an eye open for new structural damage and to organize and assist in financing necessary repairs and maintenance work in coordination and cooperation with the Botanical Garden;
  • to acquaint the public with the Chinese Garden and its affairs by means of guided tours and other cultural events.

The Coronavirus Pandemic

Because of the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases and in concordance with the measures decided upon by the national government, the Botanical Garden and with it the Chinese Garden will unfortunately remain closed to visitors from November 2 to November 30. When visits will be possible again of course depends on how the pandemic develops, but we will inform you on time about a reopening here.


During the night of September 29-30, 2020 intruders went on a rampage in the Chinese Garden, causing considerable damage to the wooden ornaments and to the roof. A week later nocturnal tresspassers again climbed in for a drinking spree, leaving behind more damage (and their empty bottles).

The substantial cost of repairing the damage will be borne to a large extent by the Society (if you wish to support us, you will find our account information for donations to the right).

In cooperation with the administration of the Ruhr University we are deliberating about measures to protect the Chinese Garden from such barbaric destruction and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Guided Tours

Because of the coronavirus pandemic we unfortunately had to cancel our usual program of guided tours through the Chinese Garden this year. However, we hope that next year we will again be able to offer the full program of guided tours in the accustomed manner. As soon as we can say more, you will find an announcement on this spot.


Our flyer about the Chinese Garden and the Society (unfortunately only available in German) was last updated in 2014. You can download it below and either read it on the screen or print it out double-sided on a DIN A4 sheet and fold it into thirds parallel to the shorter side to obtain the original format.

To comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation, the membership application contained in the flyer can no longer be accepted. If you would like to become a member (which would please us very much), please download the current version, in German, via the link in the right-hand column.

Flyer about the Chinese Garden and the Society (2014)   (466.8 kB)

Qian\'s garden

Become a member

Our society is now 20 years old, but it can only continue its work if we can attract new members. If you are as enchanted by the Chinese Garden as we are, please join the society and help us to preserve this place of rest and harmony and keep it in the public view.

You can download the double-sided German membership application with a data privacy declaration below. After filling it out and signing it, please send it to: Der Chinesische Garten e.V., c/o Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstrasse 150, D-44780 Bochum, Germany.

Membership application (in German)   (1.7 MB)


We are a recognized charity which furthers art and culture. Donations for these purposes can be deducted from taxable income for the German income tax. The bank receipt or a bank statement are acceptable proof for donations up to € 200 and for larger donations we will send you a receipt on the prescribed official form.

Donations can be made by bank transfer to the German bank account shown below (click on the picture to enlarge it).

SEPA routing numbers (click to open)

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Photos by:

Eberhard Koch and Wolfgang Stuppy