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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Darling Harbour
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Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: (02) 9240 8888
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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An oasis in the city

On my last full day in Sydney, I wanted to knock off a few more places off the list, so I walked over to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. What a great place. It completely takes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On my last full day in Sydney, I wanted to knock off a few more places off the list, so I walked over to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. What a great place. It completely takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's a relaxing place to visit. As beautiful as it is tranquil. Definitely worth... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this garden, and have been visiting periodically since it opened in the late 1980s. There's just something about it that makes you feel so calm and at peace. Go on a rainy day, you will have the place to yourself. Lovely!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting surprise in the middle of a construction zone. Lovely gardens but you need to watch out for birds nesting in the trees overhead and dropping their business from a great height. The pond water was rather dirty which made viewing the fish (koi I think) in the murky water a little difficult.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was firstly impressed by the entrance cost - only $6 for adults - and we spent a long time in the gardens. Everything was well maintained and the staff were very knowledgeable. Had fun feeding the koi too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to spend a couple of hours, not what you expect to find in the middle of Sydney, a really peaceful fascinating spot.

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have visited the place before and was beautiful and very well kept, returned to a visit and the place is dirty, full of birds nesting and spreading dirt everywhere, with no maintenance the place become dirty and smelly. The water in the little lake and river that runs in the garden was very dirty as well. It makes me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful little place that showcases all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden. The "borrowed scenery" concept of oriental gardening is a bit weird here as the garden is surrounded by tall buildings on three sides. You can take thirty minutes or three hours to visit it, depending on your mood. We took 45 minutes to explore... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My boyfriend & I vacationed, in Sydney, Australia, in May 2016. While there, we visited this serene garden which is conveniently located by Darling Harbour.. We enjoyed our stroll throughout there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the Chinese Garden more than we thought we would. Following pathways around and through different areas that depicted a variety of places. I especially loved the black bamboo area and finding wildlife amongst the exhibits...on and the cobbled and arty pavements, pergolas, water features and information at each area. It looks like they also have feature days with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely peaceful garden, a beautiful oasis in the middle of the busy city. Wonderful plantings, rocks and shrubs and wonderful pools and water falls. Great pagodas to sit in and contemplate. Fabulous koi carp pool too.

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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.