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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: (02) 9240 8888
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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
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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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Interesting site, very captivating, fantastic experience for our 8 year old up, has a lake & will need younger children watched near water, cafe was reasonably priced, would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting site, very captivating, fantastic experience for our 8 year old up, has a lake & will need younger children watched near water, cafe was reasonably priced, would recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful garden where it is nice to have lunch. If you ignore the high rise on the outside you think you are in China

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have been through the gardens say 15 years ago and this time, maybe because it was winter and rather cold, it seemed a bit tired? Not as spectacular as I remembered it? Thought it could do with a bit of a makeover or upgrade, but still a lovely calm place to visit.

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Province of Alicante, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These gardens are wonderful but every thing is quite expensive in Sidney but still very worth a visit, very interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took our 3 teens there. They loved it...which I was surprised about. They loved exploring. And loved dressing up in the traditional outfits. A tranquil space away from the cities hustle and bustle. A must see if visiting the city!

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is just a short walk south of the Sydney Aquarium and the yacht harbor. If walking here, you should approach from the west side, which is where the entrance is, away from the busy Sydney downtown traffic. The Garden has an entrance charge. This is a good thing, because it’s probably the only thing keeping the garden from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had just stumbled across this amazing place so peaceful in such a busy city. Beautiful gardens and waterfall amazing pond at the bottom with Koi Fish swimming around. The kids threw in some money in the wishing well which they loved doing. Really nice place to visit has much to see.

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La Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a nice stroll in the garden and it was very interesting to see it all. Would suggest as a nice side track between Darling Harbor and Paddy's Market

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this trip into the Chinese Garden. It is beautiful, peaceful, well appointed, and maintained. It's a nice stop if you visit Chinatown. Lots of ibises nesting. (Watch out above your head). Takes about an hour, but could sit and relax longer. There is also a tea garden, but we didn't have time to stay.

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Byron Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughters loved it here so much, they decided when they grow up and are at uni, this is where they would like to work! Definitely worth a visit. Beautiful

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Staying in Darling Harbour

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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.