Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Chinese Garden of Friendship Sydney Reviews

christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Calm Oasis Feb 22, 2013
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is an oasis of calm tranquility amongst the busy, thriving metropolis of Sydney. These hidden gems are rare to find and offer an escape from the fast-paced lifestyle of city living. It is another world, a piece of Chinese culture and rich heritage located in the heart of Sydney.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship, located at Darling Harbour, was opened in 1988 to celebrate Australia's bicenterary. The gardens were named so to symbolise the bond and friendship between China and Australia. It was built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners. It's meant to follow the philosophy of the 'Ying-Yang'- The symbol that embodies the idea of the perfect union of opposites. The gardens combines the five elements of water, fire, earth, wood and metal perfectly to create balance and harmony in the garden.

Throughout the garden there are information plaques to explain the Chinese beliefs and explaining how the garden was designed in keeping with these beliefs and ideals. You follow the path clockwise to best enjoy the garden. These is a lovely waterfall and many places to take a good picture.

There is a Chinese tea garden also to drink a cup of tea afterwards. It takes about a half hour to walk the garden.

We enjoyed the garden. It was quiet and peaceful but there is nowhere to sit and read your book. We have also been to Asia before and i think if you've been to Asia before maybe the $6 entrance fee is not worth paying if you've seen these types of gardens before.
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petit_gooroo petit_go…
69 reviews
Nice and relaxing Oct 31, 2009
The Chinese Garden, located in the busy Darling Harbour, is a very quiet and peaceful place where you can relax easily for 6$. For an additional fee, you can have a tea at the end of your visit.

I did the tour in a bit more than an hour, but you can spend much more time there! There are plenty of spots to stop, to sit and to feel the place. It is really a place where you can take your time.

Waterfall, lakes, plants, flowers, trees, rocks and architecture are perfectly balanced to make your walk pleasant. It has been made by Chinese architects and really tell a story about this culture.

Birds and lizards seem to love the place too!
yarasil yarasil
36 reviews
Peaceful garden in the middle of a busy tourist area in Sydney Oct 02, 2008
The area of Sydney known as Darling Harbor is a very busy tourist area that includes the Sydney Aquarium and the Monorail. But if you are looking for a little bit of peace then I recommend the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

The garden was build by the Chinese community of Sydney and is a beatiful little spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle. The price is only about $6 to wonder around and see the pagodas, ponds, koi, plants, lizards and some strange kind of bird. On site there is a teahouse though it was closed when I visited. And if you like bonsai there is some examples on view around the garden.

Definitely a great spot to spend an hour wandering around before stepping back out to the busy city.

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