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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
(02) 9240 8888
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As featured in 3 days in Sydney
Ranked #22 of 291 attractions in Sydney
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Type: Gardens
Activities: Dining
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A haven of tranquility in Sydney's bustling Chinatown, this fascinating garden with waterfalls, bridges and fish-filled ponds was designed by experts... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
58 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This gem is an oasis hidden in the city. Escape the city madness and walk around and take in the Asian garden. You can rent costumes if you want to get completely into it. So nice seeing tourists dressed in full Asian costume walking around.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The garden was so beautiful, and relaxing, and quiet. The visitor's map provides a great self-guided tour, and explained all the features of the garden.

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Versailles, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very nice and relaxing visit while visiting darling harbour area. enjoy the atmosphere and take a drink at the bar

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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It's quiet, it's beautiful, it's entertaining and it's calming. Yes all of these things and more. We enjoyed looking at the people who decided to take up the option of dressing in Chinese costume and it gave the gardens such a sense of charm as they wandered about these tranquil paths. It's a haven really and it's situated right in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is an oasis in the middle of the Sydney's CBD. Once inside everything external seems to fade away. Every vista presents something different, the only similarity between them is peace and tranquility. A spectacular venue for a wedding but also magical for anyone visiting for any reason.

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Mississauga, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The garden is close to the PowerHouse museum and a nice break from the city. The usual aspects of a chinese garden are there, waterfalls, bonsia, decorative pools and rocks and the atmosphere is very peaceful. The garden is elevated a bit from the surrounding area so that the noise fromt he surrounding area is limited.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Definitely worth popping in and having a look Its a little garden in the hub of Darling harbour. If you're into bonsai trees, there 's definitely many of those. We were lucky enough to watch a couple get married on the day we went. It's a popular location for couples to get married. I often visited this place when I... More

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New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was my 3rd port of call for today and I enjoyed every minute of it, from watching the red and silver koi carp in the pool to wandering the paths and sitting with a brown and gold lizard the length of my forearm. In fact, there were many lizards of diverse colours and various sizes, from the size of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The park is situated right on a busy Sydney street, but you would not know it or hear much of the traffic sound. The ponds are delightful and inspiring, the gardens lush and well cared for, its definite a place that you don't want to miss. Plenty of photo opportunities here.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Chinese Gardens are a little area of tranquility surrounded by the tall buildings and hustle and bustle of Sydney. It is a stroll along from Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour on the way to Paddy's Market, if you do not fancy walking catch the small train that runs from Darling Harbour it will stop right outside. It will... More

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