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...
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