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“A peaceful garden amidst the City buzz”

Chinese Garden of Friendship
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$152.10*
and up
Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass
Ranked #35 of 554 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Take the time to stroll through this peaceful and serene place to get away from the rush of the city. Meander along the pathways over bridges and by pavillions and streams around the lake. Don't miss the Emperor's Jade Carriage and the Dragon Wall. The atmosphere for us was increased by a Chinese wedding party taking place in one of the pavilions.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Gardens are extraordinary - you can't see the entire layout from any one point so are enticed to explore all the different nooks and crannies. Words don't do this place justice - go and see for yourself.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

You MUST visit the gardens if you like beautiful places! Everything about them is just stunning. The rocks are all specially chosen because they resemble animals, and everything is placed carefully according to feng shui. There are beautiful water falls, still pools of clear water with koi swimming around and beautiful lily pads. All the buildings are traditional Chinese style with pergola roofs and paper lanturns, and then you look up and see the Sydney sky scrapers and it feels really surreal! You can have scones and tea, or dim sum in the garden, which unfortunately we were too late for, but the benefit to visiting the garden late in the day was that there were not many people there, and after being given the '5 minutes til closing' warning the whole garden emptied and we were able to get our best photos! I think it cost $6 each to get in or $13 plus tea/scones/dim sum and is definitely worth it! While you are there look out for huge lizzards as we saw a couple just chilling in the sun!

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

A magnificent garden in the heart of Sydney. Beautiful gardens with lots to see and a place to sit and feel tranquil.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Tucked away, behind Chinatown and Darling Harbour, I was very pleasantly surprised when I entered into the garden. It really is a very calming and tranquil escape from the chaos of Sydney, offering a glimpse into the amazing world of Chinese gardens. It offers up some very beautiful views of nature intertwined with traditional Chinese design. The garden offered up some much appreciated shade on a blazing summer day, and it took about an hour to wind through it. In addition to the garden, they also have a tea house and a stunning jade carriage to admire. Given its central location, low cost, and ease of passing through, I would highly recommend this to any visitor of Sydney, or even to a resident who needs to take respite from the daily grind.

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