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The pond seen from the north

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.

Guided Tours

Spring has come and we are repeating our traditional guided tours through the Chinese Garden. They are scheduled at 3 pm on the third Saturdays of the months May through July and during the Botanical Garden Open Day on Sunday, August 20 there will be shorter tours at different times during the day. The exact dates of the remaining regular tours are June 17 and July 15.

Because of the cramped space within the Garden the groups are limited to 20 participants, so that everyone will be able to see and hear the guide. But at each date we will try to provide two guides who can take two groups through the Garden at a slight interval. As always, there is no charge for the tours, but a voluntary donation for the preservation of the garden would make us very happy.

We hope to be able to set up a preregistration system later this year, so that no one will have to be turned away at the entrance. The details will be available here, so please revisit this page shortly before the tour you want to join.


Our Society now has a well maintained presence on Instagram. The account chinesischergarten_bochum has over 500 subscribers and new photographs are constantly being posted. When you can't arrange to visit the Chinese Garden in person, this is a good alternative way to experience its flair and inhale its atmosphere.

The creation of the Chinese Garden, as told by the architect

Prof. Zhang's book about the Chinese Garden

In the German-Chinese book Qian Yuan – Chinesische Gartenkunst in Bochum, the architect Prof. Zhang Zhenshan lets us partake of his thoughts while designing the Chinese Garden all the way through to its completion. Numerous drawings, explanations and fascinating details are complemented by stirring photographs. With great charm the book imparts well-founded insights into the art and philosophy of Chinese gardens.

The Society has purchased the remainder of this edition and the book is for sale at the reduced price of 10 Euros, either at the Campus Shop (Unishop) in the lobby of the administration building of the Ruhr University (Building UV) or from the secretariat of the Botanical Garden. Mail orders can only be filled by the Botanical Garden for an additional 5 euros for postage.


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 over 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 € 300 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