Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

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#7 of 78 in Parks in Sydney
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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.
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  • The garden has a peaceful atmosphere, and everything is beautifully maintained. Nice cafe for a coffee and bite to eat.  more »
  • Nice and calm place to visit. Garden itself isn’t that big maybe size a of one block but it has many interesting features.  more »
  • Visited this place on a weekday, it's a nice place to be. It has chinese architecture related buildings. There are couple of guided tours which operate, one is at 2 pm, the other one am not sure of th...  more »
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  • It’s pretty average but for only $6 it’s still somewhere I would recommend visiting on a sunny day. There’s a nice waterfall and decent size pond with turtles. There’s also a small restaurant with a nice outdoor seating area. It can be quite busy and feel crowded during peak times though.
  • Tranquil and serene place in the city. The architecture and the size of the place is refreshing. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life when you enter the place. The tea house was really good as well.
  • Incrediblely beautiful gardens. It's definitely worth the entrance fee especially with the garden being larger than it looks from the outside. It's a great place to take your partner on a date, it won't disappoint. A little sad that part of the garden was blocked off for a wedding held there but it does make you wish you could have your wedding there too.
  • Oriental oasis amidst the urban jungle, the winding paths linking intricate pavilions around a peaceful lake of swimming Koi will wind down any tension in your body and soul. before you know it, you're already lead to the cascading waterfall with a bell tower of good wishes you've been hearing from the red timber gate. Every corner harbours pleasant surprises and well considered details to Transport you somewhere else Zen and serene. Be sure to check out the excellent tea house for refreshments :) hint:buy it in a package with admission, and bring it out to water pavilion to enjoy the best tea break in town :)
  • The garden itself it very nice, it's good to go in and get a break from all the rush. There are plenty of places to sit and watch the koi and turtles, although the water can be murky. I didn't eat or drink anything at the Tea House, but my friends did choose to wear the costumes you can hire for $10. They were very pretty and had a variety of colours and sizes for men and women. There is fish feeding at 11:30am, and you can book out areas for weddings etc. It costs to go in, but it's only $6 for an adult and you can stay all day.

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