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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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Such a beautiful and serene Chinese garden. So well designed. Wandered around mesmerised by the the tranquility in the middle of a busy city. Well worth a visit.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a beautiful and serene Chinese garden. So well designed. Wandered around mesmerised by the the tranquility in the middle of a busy city. Well worth a visit.

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Albany, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came upon the gardens by accident and we are so happy we went inside. The landscaping, waterscaping and sculptures went together seamlessly. We spent longer in here than we expected and enjoyed it all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lovely tranquil setting close to Darling Harbour. well kept gardens and quite stunning. spend an hour walking around can even grab a coffee or tea inside. Especially good to visit around the Chinese new year celebrations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely and peaceful place to wander around. It is a very tranquil garden with lots of water, many plants and places to sit and watch the garden move. The garden has been tastefully planted and most of Sydneys noise can be shut out. This is our second visit and we would go again. 6 AUD entrance fee.

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Bologna, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small but really interesting Chinese corner close to Sydney Chinatown and Darling Harbour. You must pay to enter , and inside you can find a really nice lake with a typical Chinese garden . Really quiet area and relaxing place. It takes about 30 minutes to visit all the park.

Thank Moris B
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great to see that this Garden is still being maintained on which must be prime land. We first visited many years ago, when one could easily see the city skyline. Now, built out! Easy access, lovely water features, amongst beautiful gardens, and several places in which to sit and enjoy the ambience. An area depicting bonsai plants can be found... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This park brought me back to ancient Chinese landscape in a rich person's house. Beautifully landscaped according to the Ming dynasty complete with birds, pavilions, rocks, weeping willows, etc. There were many beautiful photo spots. You can even complete your senses of Chinese culture with some Chinese refreshments after your walk. It was a refreshing place of quietude to enjoy... More 

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Chattaroy, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A very nice way to spend an hour or two. Beautiful gardens, water features with fish, large and small birds, and many places to sit and watch everything. You can rent colorful authentic costumes and take exceptional photos to take home. It is two minutes from the restaurants and shops and other attractions of Darling Harbour.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what a place, pleasant music, fountains , a good walking path to follow. Nice chinees culture of plants etc. Also there are large carp in the ponds and lizards

Thank Kevin241157
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely gentle Asian inspired garden. Beautiful plants, happy birdlife and fish, and a bonus of many small lizards wandering about. Cafe and toilets all very good.

Thank aleith2016

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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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