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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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Romantic and Refreshing

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... read more

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Regina H
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 

Thank Regina H
Chattaroy, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Some areas very peaceful. Very Pretty. A donation entry would be nice. We spent a lot of time here, wandering the garden and reading the signs. The Koi fish were definitely a highlight, and we got to help feed them. We enjoyed watching the wildlife, and saw some reptiles bathing in the sun as well. It's a lovely place to... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Such a tranquil place. Small but so gorgeous and relaxes all of the senses. One of my favourite places in Sydney.

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Rensselaerville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our walk around the Harbour and a brief visit to the peaceful Chinese Gardens. We found it to be a beautiful piece of tranquility amidst a bustling city harbour.

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

This is a lovely and unusual place right in the city near Darling Harbour. Beautifully kept and very peaceful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are beautiful, this area is attracting a lot of natural wild life. A beautiful space to walk around and sit and enjoy the quite. I'm no expert on Chinese gardens but this place looked like it nailed it. Only $6 for adults I highly recommend you check this place out.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying a nearby hotel and walked to the gardens for breakfast it was a wonderful place to sit with friends and have a coffee The gardens are immaculate the views are so peaceful and I could have spent hours just sitting by the water pools Yes we enjoyed Darling Harbour and restaurants but this was great to chill... More 

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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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