Amidst the busy streets of metropolitan Sydney is a place of solace and serenity. Inconspicuous due to the numerous towering skyscrapers that enclose it, is a garden of tranquility and lush greenery. This garden is known as the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
The Chinese Garden, as it is locally known, is a collaboration of the cities of Sydney and Guangzhou in China to commemorate the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations of Australia.
Designed on the principles of ‘Yin-Yang’ and the five elements of Taoist beliefs – earth, fire, water, metal and wood, the garden is an architectural haven. Its classical pavilions and pagodas that litter the whole garden give the impression of being in a conventional Chinese garden in the east. A variety of colourful carps, known as Koi, swam freely in man-made lakes in the middle of the orchard, giving visitors delight as well as kids’ excitement and wonder.
Besides a scenic environment, visitors can experience wearing traditional Chinese costumes by hiring them for a reasonable price. A few Chinese artifacts are also on display in its premises which provide understanding of Chinese artistic historical past.
Near the entrance of the garden are pavilions where one can have a tea break while appreciating the beauty of its surroundings.
The Chinese Garden is situated near Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. The entrance fee is reasonable and is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm excluding some holidays. Further details are posted on their website.