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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9240 8888
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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 but dirty

Like most places in Australia, the premises were a bit run down and dirty. Most buildings were covered in spiderwebs, which meant we had to be careful to avoid getting entangled... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Like most places in Australia, the premises were a bit run down and dirty. Most buildings were covered in spiderwebs, which meant we had to be careful to avoid getting entangled in them. The place lacked signage and the map was a bit hard to understand. However, the views were stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Such charm, such tranquility, peacefulness in the hub bub of the city. go for quiet moments, photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came by this beautiful Garden on our way to Darling harbour. It looked so lovely we just had to pop in an have a good look around. You could be in China it was so sympathetically designed so Chinesebut of course the attention to detail was amazing. You where in China the ponds water falls the trees it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take an hiatus in the middle of your busy day to enjoy the gardens! Nice waterfalls and foliage along with art to view along your walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tranquil and beautiful gardens in Darling Harbour. Well worth a wander around or just sit and drink in the atmosphere. Handy to many other attractions as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chinese gardens are a must if you are in Sydney. So peaceful and tranquil with waterfalls, ponds, koi carp and beautiful gardens. What a way to spend a few hours (or maybe more)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Chinese Garden of Friendship as part of planned day-long visit to the numerous attractions in Darling Harbour. This place truly is an oasis in the midst of a very busy business district and is absolutely worth the price of admission. The buildings, flora, and water features are all spectacular and made for some great/memorable photographs. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth a visit. Once you are in there it's hard to believe you are just beside the main road. It's a beautifully peaceful place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant stroll at your own pace through beautiful landscaped water gardens. A peaceful place. Some need for care on the natural stone walkways.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful and tranquillity garden. Well worth a visit. Water features excellent try the tea room scones were delicious. My only criticism is that discount doesn't apply for U.K. Pensioners. I'm sure we don't discriminate in our country.

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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.
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