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“My favourite Sydney attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
(02) 9240 8888
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Ranked #18 of 613 things to do in Sydney
Activities: Dining
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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 from China and reflects designs dating back to the 5th century.
Brisbane, Australia
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“My favourite Sydney attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is an unspeakably beautiful place. I come here every time I visit Sydney because it's stunning, tranquil, awe-inspiring. A huge amount of planning and artistry must have gone into creating and maintaining this garden and it shows. Everywhere you look is a different but spectacular view, it's almost too good to be true. You don't have to be a garden lover or even interested in Chinese culture to appreciate the dazzling natural beauty of this place.

It's easy to get to - wedged between Darling Harbour and Chinatown. If you are staying anywhere in the CBD you can probably easily walk there. It's only $6 entry for adults and there are deals where you can have lunch and drinks included in the entry price (though I haven't tried the food). For this visit, the costume shop was open and I was able to pay $10 extra and be dressed as a 15th century Chinese princess!! You are expertly dressed by people who are obviously passionate about their job and their culture, they then use your camera to take photos of you (don't worry, they tell you how to pose), then they send you out into the garden, in costume, to take more photos for yourself! You can stay in the costume for as long as you want. There are costumes for men and women of all sizes, the women's costumes were gorgeous and the men's looked so cool!! I truly felt like a princess flouncing around the lovely garden in my pretty outfit. Opening times for the costume shop aren't on their website but I'm pretty sure it was from 1pm onwards most days. Koi feeding daily at 11:30am - they are the fattest, biggest koi I have ever seen! Not wheelchair friendly at all.

You're a fool if you skip this garden on any visit to Sydney. Please don't deny yourself...

Visited September 2013
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“Peaceful little gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A thoroughly enjoyable little spot just past the children's playground at Darling Harbour. These gardens really invite you to walk a little, then sit and reflect. You do get the sense that peace and tranquility are foremost here. For seniors or concession holders the cost is only $3.00 so together with the public transport ticket available to seniors for only $2.50 per day (including travel on trains, buses and ferries) this can be an amazingly cheap and enjoyable day out. We did notice a family in Chinese costume and later found that it is possible for both children and adults to hire these costumes and wear them whilst visiting the gardens.

Visited September 2013
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“Nice Sanctuary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We started our morning by visiting the Chinese Garden of Friendship located close to the hotel and Darling Harbour. It is a nice sanctuary in the middle of a buzzing city.

Visited June 2013
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“oasis of tranquility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Beautiful gardens, peaceful and calming. A breath of fresh air in the madness of the city. Make sure you visit the tea room and enjoy a cup of tea in the lovely surroundings. A great way to recharge your batteries.

Visited August 2013
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This garden near the Powerhouse Museum is simply stunning. From gorgeous fountains to amazing nature, this garden made me mesmerized the entire time. Come to this garden to experience the wonder that this attraction has to offer.

Visited December 2012
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