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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Darling Harbour
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Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9240 8888
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Peaceful oasis

Beautiful gardens in the middle of a fantastic city. Really recommend a visit to the gardens, it only costs a few dollars per person. The gardens are so calmed, chilled and laid... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens in the middle of a fantastic city. Really recommend a visit to the gardens, it only costs a few dollars per person. The gardens are so calmed, chilled and laid back - you wouldn't think you was in a city! The architecture in the gardens is also beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am not much of a garden person but this totally changed my mind while walking through the gardens. The sound of the waterfalls, the tranquility of it all. The smell of the all the trees and bamboo and plants. There are plenty of birds in the area as well as around the gardens as well, plenty of Koi fish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful walled garden within the city. Sadly, the walls aren't high enough to keep the city noise out. But the garden is truly lovely, and the teahouse there is quite nice as well.

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So the last time I visited this place when when it first opened, and I've always had that image in my head. The one where the garden looked bare and incomplete. Clearly things have changed/grown since then and now it's stunning. Entry is a little pricey but it's a beautiful little oasis in the city and worth a visit if... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful garden well worth a visit, including the tea house. A delight for keen photographers. The sound of falling water plus a chance to sit and watch graceful koi make this a welcome quiet moment in a busy city.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Despite the fact that it was a rainy day I loved this garden. The landscaping is so interesting because they brought a lot of rocks in to add dimension to the gardens. The rocks were chosen because they resembled dragons or other creatures or because they were unusual colors or shapes. They used water in very interesting ways. The paths... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A visit to the Chinese Gardens when visiting Sydney is a great place to relax after visiting the Harbour and the hustle and bustle of the City

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice garden with lots of plants/ fauna and fish ! The bonsai garden was my favourite! Worth paying a visit

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amidst the rat race of the bustling city is the fabulous and relaxing Chinese gardens. Tranquil and beautiful with soft running water and also lovely well maintained gardens. Take a book and give yourself some time out to rejuvenate, or simply meditate. Love this place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great garden at great location, but need more creative art work or themes rather than having just a building with empty rooms and water and gardens and some statues.

Thank Ashok S

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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 Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney 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.
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