Written by reporter and contributor Maggie McAden
San Francisco welcomed approximately 16.9 million visitors in 2013, according to sanfranciscotravel.com, and offers a variety of culturally diverse attractions and activities around the city.
The Japanese Tea Garden, located in Golden Gate Park, was created by Makoto Hagiwara in 1894 and houses a zen garden among other aspects of Japanese culture, according to the official website for the garden.
Central Ukrainian tourists, 26-year old Tanya and 46-year old Yelena were drawn to the tea garden for its peaceful atmosphere.
“We heard about the green tea ceremony…. it was everything that we imagined it to be like, it’s a bit crowded, but it’s wonderful,” Yelena said.
Tanya’s love for nature inspired her to visit the garden.
“I saw it online as one of the must-see destinations of San Francisco, and it was highly recommended. I love nature so that’s what brought me here,” Tanya said.
Material possessions come and go but the rich cultural experiences in San Francisco cannot be replaced, according to Tanya.
“It’s travel that brings you a lot of happiness…material things are nice but experiences are the ones that I believe touch your soul,” Tanya said.
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