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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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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
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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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A visual delight !

I absolutely loved the Chinese Garden Of Friendship. It only cost $6 to enter and was well worth it. We had a lovely lunch here, also. The gardens are superbly maintained and are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
Jodi Q
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Bendigo, Australia

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Bendigo, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I absolutely loved the Chinese Garden Of Friendship. It only cost $6 to enter and was well worth it. We had a lovely lunch here, also. The gardens are superbly maintained and are an absolute must see and a visual delight. I was very impressed.

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love visiting the gardens there's just something about it that puts me at peace and feel relaxed whether taking a relaxing stroll with my hubby or a excited walk with the kids while they enjoy looking for lizards, turtles, coi and bugs.. They too enjoy the gardens taking it all in. Find a nice place to sit and enjoy... More 

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Thank Cassie H
Stockholm, Sweden
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There's a lot of construction going on in Darling Harbor so it's not going to be very relaxing for a few months or so. The garden is okay though, not as well kept as I might wished, some trash laying around and whatnot.

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Thank bonusmystery
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a beautiful place to see. Unfortunately not as serene as we expected due to building demolition taking place nearby. But well worth another visit though in the future.

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Thank acandkg
Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful oasis in the city. Very pretty and relaxing. The Chinese Gardens have developed beautifully over the past decades and are worth a visit. You could visit here before or after a visit to Darling Harbour.

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Thank Mark T
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful garden secret in the city cafe was nice had selection of Chinese food would recommend if in Sydney this is a must see allow 2 hours with lunch

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Thank Holidaysunny12
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's like an oasis, a beautiful garden in the concrete jungle. I could spend all day there. It has a big water fall, ponds with fish,plants and trees from China, beautiful small buildings Chinese style,a winding pathway around the garden. Beautiful.

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Thank 675simon
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited this wonderful garden and could not believe this beautiful oasis in the city of Sydney. The staff were extremely helpful especially as I had a group of elderly people with me who had some mobility issues. The gardens were very well kept and the tea house was a treasure. Wished I had known about the section where you pay... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Chinese Gardens was such a peaceful place to be considering it was Australia Day. The gardens were well laid out and there was some lovely spots to sit and reflect on life. There was plenty of shady spots along the way. The penultimate was having some lunch at the cafe located within the gardens.

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Thank Pat H
Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

12 toddlers in tow a visit to this kid friendly spot was lots of fun for everyone. Spying the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac hidden around the garden was the second best thing after the feeding frenzy of the GIANT carp.

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Staying in Darling Harbour

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Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.