Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

4.5
#7 of 58 in Parks in Sydney
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Nestled between the shiny glass buildings of Darling Harbour, Chinese Garden of Friendship feels like a secret spot. Entering the garden, you walk into a piece of traditional Chinese landscaping in downtown Sydney. Walk past small waterfalls, exotic plants, and pavilions, and watch koi carp swim in lakes. Sit down at the Teahouse for Chinese tea and dim sum, and visit the Dragon Wall to understand its symbolic bond between New South Wales and Guangzhou. With our international travel planner, Sydney attractions like Chinese Garden of Friendship can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I went here recently for the first time in the company of Hong Kong students. We all found a very tranquil, contemplative oasis which impressed us a great deal. The walks through the beautifully-lands...  more »
  • Small but beautiful and tranquil site in the middle of Darling Harbor. Very well maintained, lovely waterfalls, pools, and plants. Very relaxing.  more »
  • this is a lovely garden down in Darling Harbour. Well worth the $6 entry fee.. has a little cafe where you can sip Chinese tea. This does have some mobility challenging paths though. It was just so be...  more »
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  • Very unique and different kind of garden built in a small area. Not very far from Pyrmont Bay / Darling Harbour. Purchased the tickets for entry. That was not expensive and worth for experience and the nice time we spent there. Lot of points to take some different photos. There is a very nice cafe / canteen inside. Good food and ambience.
  • Lovely garden escape in the middle of a busy city center. It's peaceful, beautiful and tranquil (even on the grey, rainy day I visited). The entry fee is low so it's well worth a visit but allow a good hour at least to wander round. A nice place to go and reflect with your thoughts. There is also a tea room and traditional Chinese dress-up available too, along with tours if you don't just want to wander round yourself.
  • While living in Sydney, I visited these gardens very frequently, often at least once a week, the benefit being the environment they offered to relax, unwind, and meditate. Despite being close to the CBD and located at the heart of a major tourist destination, once through the entrance the noise and bustle outside always seemed to disappear. And although the gardens are built in a relatively small space and according to a traditional layout, depending on the time of day, the weather and the seasonal changes in the plants, there was always something new to engage the senses. Since moving to Brisbane, I have been trying to persuade the state and local authorities to build something similar here; but to our loss, this has so far fallen on deaf ears.
  • Very beautiful place. Small garden with Chinese look and feel. You even get Chinese dresses on rent to wear and roam around in the garden and click pictures.
  • What a relaxing place. I did fish feeding and had a walk. The restaurant has nice and not expensive food.

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