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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
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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Beautiful gardens

These tranquil gardens are a perfect escape from the busy Sydney city. My boyfriend and I decided to buy the lunch ticket which got us either a tea and scones or a dim sum and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

These tranquil gardens are a perfect escape from the busy Sydney city. My boyfriend and I decided to buy the lunch ticket which got us either a tea and scones or a dim sum and a jasmine tea each, which to me was a bargain at $11 each. The gardens were gorgeous and there were loads of big lizards chilling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This should be a nice peaceful area but due to the building of the new conference centre it is not. I would not recommend coming here until 2016 when the building work should have ended

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We visited the Chinese gardens when it was throwing it down with rain so we probably didn't see it in all its glory. It's in the middle of the city in walking distance from a darling a Harbour. It is set out as a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls , pagodas etc and there is a cafe in the middle.... More 

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Wynn Vale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours here, the gardens are so beautiful and you get a genuine sense of wellbeing while you are there. The tea house is wonderful for morning tea and scones. The map is really easy to follow and you can find lots of secluded places to sit and chat. Whenever we are in Sydney we always plan... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

A really pretty attraction worthy of a visit. An oasis of calm in the busy area, the juxtaposition of the beautiful gardens and the skyscrapers is remarkable. They even had a little treasure hunt for kids. Highly recommended and just $6 for adults.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The scenery is truly amazing and hard to believe that this garden is in the CBD amongst all the buildings. Once you get in you can spend the whole day inside the gardens and looking around at your own pace. Don't forget your camera.!!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I have been several times to the Gardens. It is such a peaceful and pretty garden to explore and to have morning tea.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We spent an hour or so in the garden -- it was interesting and peaceful. We had originally gone by on a Sunday, when admission was free\, however for the $6 admission charge we returned the next day and avoided noise and crowds. The signage at the garden is excelle nt and there is very good interpretation provided.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

A beautiful and tranquil garden in the middle of the city. This is an authentic Chinese Garden with Koi ponds, little bridges and pergolas scattered around the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a lovely, peaceful, garden to walk around. You just get lost in the calm quiet and it doesn't feel like you are in a large city. We did the afternoon tea and entry ticket which was well worth it.

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