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“Not to be missed”

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.
Springwood, Australia
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

This garden is an excellent point of reference for the mix that is Sydney and if you're a gardener, not to be missed. Built for the 1988 Bicentennial, it was a gift by businessman of Chinese background to their fellow citizens, a wonderful gesture. Much of the work was carried out by craftsmen from China. Being in the heart of a huge city, you'd expect noise and chaos. However, this is a place of beauty and peace. It doesn't take all that long to walk around the lake and garden but it would be to miss the point if that's all you do. There are many places to sit, observe and think. The garden has been built with all the traditions of Chinese landscaping present. The seas, mountains, rivers, islands are all there as well as a picturesque cascade. Most of the traditional plants have been included and I assume those missing are only because of climate restrictions. The lake is, as usual, the centre piece and it has been beautifully constructed and surrounded by many traditional built features; dragon wall, moongate, pavilions, bridges and the zig-zag bridge necessary to stop evil spirits. There are many koi, some are particularly beautiful. The stand of black bamboo is spectacular. There is a fine display of penjing (bonsai) as well as a cafe. Admission price is really quite reasonable. Before or after, its a quick walk to the rest of the Chinese section of Sydney with its many restaurants. To me, this place gives meaning to the old Chinese saying, "If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk; if you want to be happy for a month, get married; If you want to be happy forever, build a garden."

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“quiet oasis”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a lovely place to get away from the noise and crowds at darling harbour. There are some lovely plans and water gardens and cute little bridges. Lovely to walk around

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Tranquility in the city”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Lovely place to 'lose' yourself,Peaceful and tranquil.Lovely place for a wedding.A short walk from the restaurants of Chinatown.

Visited February 2014
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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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“A slice of paradise”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

This oasis is far more than you expect from the outside. We had a young guide who explained the garden as we walked through. I now understand far more about Chinese gardens and why they are set out as they are. A beautiful, beautiful place.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful oasis of tranquility in a bustling city”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Stunning photo opportunities and a chance to sample chinese tea in the cafe. A wonderful area of calm at a fair admission cost.

Visited July 2014
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