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Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: (02) 9240 8888
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Dining
Description: A haven of tranquility in Sydney's bustling Chinatown, this fascinating...
A haven of tranquility in Sydney's bustling Chinatown, this fascinating garden with waterfalls, bridges and fish-filled ponds was designed by experts from China and reflects designs dating back to the 5th century.
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Well worth a stroll

Very peaceful and calming. We spent over an hour walking around on our last day in Sydney. An amazing tranquil place in amongst the sky scrapers.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful and calming. We spent over an hour walking around on our last day in Sydney. An amazing tranquil place in amongst the sky scrapers.

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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I've been to Sydney many times and on a recent trip looked for things that I had not done before. The Chinese Gardens was the perfect escape from the busy streets full of people, cars and buses. I took a book with me and sat for a few hours in the peaceful surroundings, listening to the birds and waterfalls. I'll... More 

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Steeple Ashton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The gardens are quite small but not that wonderful ! If you want a quiet, very pleasant wander around these very nice gardens, then this is for you.

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

No a must but if once has time to fill in, Chinese Garden of Friendship is not a bad place to visit. Entry price is reasonable and the set up is rather pleasant. There is a lovely cafe in the garden itself and once certainly can have tea/ coffee and relax in the garden atmosphere where the peaceful carps swim... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you love China Dynasty Ming kind of story and environment you will love the simple garden near Darling Harbour . Get to dress up like the King and Queen or princess costume . A small cafe there to relax after long day walk with cup of chinese tea sound good hey !

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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This garden was built in 1988 inspired by the Chinese community in Sydney, as a celebration of Australia's bi-centenary. It's a maze of paths, alcoves and steps around a central Lake of Brightness. The beautiful tress and shrubs, combined with the buildings and water features, offer a sanctuary from the busy Sydney life. Walk to the Southern end of the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Complete waste of time - thank God it was on my way to the Darling Harbour, so I didn't waste too much time

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

One of the best Sydney attractions ! Affordable family fun for all ages be sure to dress up it is amazingly affordable to be transformed into Traditionl Chinese dress and take your camera and as many photos as you like. They do not try to sell you a tourist style image it is all very genuine and experience focused -... More 

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Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This wasn't our first visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. In fact, we first visited it way back when it opened quite some years ago. We have popped in to see it mature a few times since then, but not for a long time. So it was lovely to spend 30 minutes or so there again on a recent... More 

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Perth, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We stumbled across the Chinese Gardens on a recent trip to Sydney. We weren’t expecting much but we were very pleasantly surprised! A real tranquil, paradise amongst the buzz and rush of Sydney. It was just what we needed after a busy day exploring the city. The gardens were absolutely beautiful and very informative. It felt like we had been... More 

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