Dunedin has a considerable Chinese community, many of whom have roots back to the Chinese gold miners of the 1860s Otago gold rush and the Scholar’s Garden sprang from the feeling that  Chinese had played an important part in local history and this should be acknowledged. So this gated oasis of water and graceful trees (between the harbor and the business district) were designed and built in Shanghai, dismantled, shipped to Dunedin, reconstructed, and opened in 2008. Despite this unusual provenance, the garden does not have an artificial atmosphere, but instead an aura of scholarly calm. The garden also has a good, albeit small, gift shop.