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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
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+61 2 9240 8888
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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A tranquil place in a busy city

For a small entry fee ($6 adult) this is a great place to come to enjoy the gardens and relax. There is lots of wildlife to see ( birds, lizards, fish turtles) and beautifully... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For a small entry fee ($6 adult) this is a great place to come to enjoy the gardens and relax. There is lots of wildlife to see ( birds, lizards, fish turtles) and beautifully laid out pathways to walk around the gardens. A walk around the gardens at a leisurely pace is really enjoyable ( gardens are compact). There is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although not huge, it still somehow manages to give you the feeling of being (temporarily) removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are in the area, then it is definitely worth a visit after a busy day or exploring and shopping. If you are coming from the main area of Darling Harbour, then it's on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My daughter's favourite now- A real sanctuary of peace and calm- even the goldfish are laid back. Fabulous tea and cakes with lovely service and great views and garden walks as you watch the fish. Close your eyes you are in China.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pay $13.5 A each and get a lovely tea in a beautiful Chinese zen garden. Iguana lizard things, coy fish , cool birds, blooming familiar, orange trees, plumeria and bonsai.. weeping willows over water, rocks elephant ear..beautiful and serene . I could hear occasional big city streets around the exterior walls . Tea people cranky and not super accommodating..out of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a brief but refreshing visit to the garden of friendship today. A lovely oasis in the city centre.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you haven't been in Chinese garden in China then it's worth to visit too.There is a lake,bamboo garden,the ladies with chinese cloths etc.It's nice to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a gem ! An Oasis of tranquility in the city. We spent a good few hours just wandering and had an excellent lunch in the tea house. Your ticket allows access all day so we went for a stroll in Darling Harbour before returning for the guided tour, tea and cake and to watch the fish being fed.

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Leura, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very special place to visit, and not expensive to get in. It is the most beautifully landscaped Chinese garden, with lakes, waterfalls, fish ponds, trees, secret pathways etc. You are surrounded by high rise buildings but don't notice, and its a tranquil and beautiful spot to walk, enjoy the birds, see lots of eastern water dragons, and... More 

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Concepcion, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a beautiful place, it Will take an hour or Two. The entrance fee is 6 AUD and it closes at 17:30. If you enjoy photography ir drawing, it is probably that you would spend more than 2 hours. You can take great pictures and come with the family. It is a must in Sydney... Keep enjoying the city... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely surprise, so serene and beautiful. Worth the visit to see some of the culture, and the diverse rock forms and plants, there is also a tea house

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Darling Harbour
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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