Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

4.5
#7 of 96 in Parks in Sydney
Nestled between the shiny glass buildings of Darling Harbour, Chinese Garden of Friendship feels like a secret spot. Entering the garden, you walk into a piece of traditional Chinese landscaping in downtown Sydney. Walk past small waterfalls, exotic plants, and pavilions, and watch koi carp swim in lakes. Sit down at the Teahouse for Chinese tea and dim sum, and visit the Dragon Wall to understand its symbolic bond between New South Wales and Guangzhou. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.
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  • From the entrance in with the very best and most helpful of reception staff (thanks to the friendly, delightful woman of Serbian ancestry) to our exit, everything was beautiful: quiet, slow, measured,...  more »
  • Very beautiful gardens with a tranquil atmosphere and lots of beautiful carp. Try and visit on a weekday as sunday was a very busy day, some people were quite noisy and didnt bother to keep their voic...  more »
  • An oasis of charm, beautiful gardens , great focal points, paths running through a beautiful landscape broken by water  more »
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  • Little piece of paradise in the heart of a busy city. So quiet and peaceful and they have put a lot of effort into the gardens. So many awesome photo opportunities, and there's also the option of a tea ceremony and wearing traditional clothes. Keep an eye out for the horoscopes hidden around the garden!
  • A must see if you're visiting Darling Harbour. The garden is quite compact, about 2 acres or so, but it feels a lot bigger and parts of it are great for some quiet reflection. The gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful with waterfalls, lily ponds, pagodas and lots of trees and are kept to a high standard, the small entry fee is well worth it. Even though it's mostly aimed at Westerners it has the traditional Chinese ambience and theme which is done tastefully, it doesn't really feel like a tourist trap. There's a little tea house on site that serves tea, coffee and dim sum in addition to Western options, it's also (surprisingly) licensed.
  • Escape the sun Lovely manicured gardens. Lots of people on the day we went however good way to get out of the sun. Pics is of Water Pavilion. Great option for outdoor wedding back up if it rains. Didn't go with this option though as couldn't gain access early enough to set up if it did rain. Additional charges by the hour.
  • The gardens are very tranquil considering that they are located in the middle of a busy city. They are beautifully designed. Be sure to stop for tea or coffee and quiet your mind in this special place. I think the tour available could be better with more enthusiastic guides.
  • Very nice Chinese style garden with very good lookout areas and a cafe. The price to get in is only $6 for adults which to me seems good. When I went it was in late autumn hence to beautiful array of colours. This place does have toilets located at the southern side of the complex. There are a few benches around to take in the view but not many. You got to be careful on some of the paths as they are just large boulders and it's not suitable for push chairs and prams

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