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Chinese Garden of Friendship – A Garden in the City

The Gurr

The Gurr

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.

Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond

Waterfall

Waterfall

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

Pagoda-like monument near Bamboo Forest

Pagoda-like monument near Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

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.

Koi and Duckling

Koi and Duckling

Traditional Chinese Artifacts

Traditional Chinese Artifacts

Yin-Yang symbol

Yin-Yang symbol

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.

Dragon Wall

Dragon Wall

Penjing Courtyard

Penjing Courtyard

Location:

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.

Entrance of The Chinese Garden

Entrance of The Chinese Garden

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Discussion

16 thoughts on “Chinese Garden of Friendship – A Garden in the City

  1. I adore the Chinese Garden of Friendship. It’s a special place to find a little zen in Sydney. Love the tea rooms too. 🙂

    Posted by BOYEATSWORLD | March 31, 2013, 9:20 PM
  2. I remember the first time I ever visited the Chinese Garden, I was amazed how peaceful it was, situated as it is in the heart of Darling Harbour. I always try to revisit each time I’m in Sydney if I get the chance 🙂

    Posted by Marianne | April 1, 2013, 3:28 AM
  3. I love this peaceful, serene place and always visit it on the occasional times we go to Sydney. You have captured the atmosphere in your photos

    Posted by pommepal | April 3, 2013, 4:59 PM
  4. Awesome! A wonderful variety of images!

    Posted by Margaret Lynette Sharp | April 4, 2013, 6:51 PM
  5. This is a beautiful garden. Great pictures! Thanks

    Posted by auntyuta | April 5, 2013, 7:28 PM
  6. What a lovely place! Cute duckling too.

    Posted by restlessjo | April 15, 2013, 12:52 AM
  7. I love your photographs – they’re beautiful

    Posted by darkhartetravel | April 28, 2013, 2:57 PM
  8. i really enjoyed this place…thanks for sharing these nice pics dear

    Posted by Kavita Joshi | April 28, 2013, 11:40 PM
  9. Reblogged this on OZI TWINS IN THE PICTURE and commented:
    Thanks for a memory I hold dear great to know people still visit The Garden of Friendship in Chinatown. Better go Paddys awaits.

    Posted by ozitwins | May 5, 2013, 6:17 PM

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