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“Very peaceful”

Chinese Garden of Friendship
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Ranked #19 of 472 things to do in Sydney
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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.
Dorset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very peaceful”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

This is definitely worth visiting. The layout is fantastic and oozes peace and tranquillity. Despite being in the middle of a very busy area, you are not bothered by outside noise. The tearooms offer a good range of Chinese tea which you can drink while sitting by the lake. Wonderful!

Visited January 2014
Thank Maria L
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Perth, Australia
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“Beautiful garden”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

Definitely a hidden gem right in the middle of the city. As soon as you walk in its like a whole different world(even though you can still hear traffic etc). Only $6 per adult, there's so many different spots where you can just sit and enjoy the surroundings. We didn't expect it to be as nice as it was but it really was beautiful. There's also a café there that does sandwiches and also yum cha so you can eat there overlooking the pond. Not for everyone but if you like this kind of place you will love these gardens.

Visited February 2014
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Big Pine Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Garden”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is definitely a hidden gem in Sydney. You can believe how quiet this place is even though it is next to a major road. The greenery and stone is great. There is also some great art pieces spread throughout the garden.

Visited February 2014
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Picturesque Chinese garden right in the middle of downtown Sydney!”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Not too expensive ($6/per adult, $4/child) compared to other attractions in Sydney, this picturesque paradise is the perfect park to unwind for 1-2 hours max – BUT DON'T expect it to be quiet – remember it is downtown with city and traffic noise that just can't be helped. I love Asian-themed gardens to enjoyed this a lot but it isn't for everyone. You need to like this style to thoroughly justify the cost to get in. We were 3 adults with 4 kids total so it was $34.

It's fun for kids because you can rent traditional Chinese clothing here and get pictures taken among many Chinese artistic features and temples throughout the park.

We were lucky to be there when a lot is in bloom and beautiful Asian-style water features are everywhere. There is a nice cafe in the park to have afternoon tea. It's a cool contrast to see the water, rocks, birds, carp, lizards and plants of this natural Zen garden surrounded by the skyscrapers and office high-rise buildings of Sydney.

If once you leave here if you still seek the Chinese experience, China Town is not even a 10 minute walk away and worth a walking tour (and unlike here it's free). If you aren't into Chinese-themed gardens but like plants I definitely recommend you visit the Botanic Gardens rather than here.

Visited December 2013
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“Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

What a tranquil place to visit . We paid $11 each entrance which included tea and scones with jam and cream . beautiful place , lots of lovely plants and exotic Black Headed Ibis birds strutting around . And only a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city .

Visited January 2014
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