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Chinese Garden of Friendship - Darling Harbour

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Published June 25th 2018
Find your zen at the Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Chinese Garden of Friendship has been in Darling Harbour for over 30 years.

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Chinese Garden of Friendship

I hadn't been to the Chinese Garden of Friendship in years so it was nice to check it out.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was built to symbolise the friendship between Sydney, New South Wales and the city of Guangzhou in the province of Guangdong, China (sister cities of sister states), to mark Australia's bicentenary in 1988.

The garden is not large, however, they have included key features of Chinese Gardens with plaques to explain the different elements that make up a traditional Chinese Garden. While we are not experts, we think they greatly succeeded in capturing many of the symbolic and grand elements of Chinese gardens. This includes beautiful waterfalls, arches, rocks evoking the spirit of mountains and elements of simplicity. Wonderfully, there are vantage points for taking in some of the most spectacular views.

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Pebble Beach




One of the highlights of the garden is the Clear View Pavilion at the highest part of the gardens. The pavilion itself is wonderful to explore but the view from the top is also fantastic.

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Clear View Pavilion


Chinese Garden of Friendship
Pavilion


Chinese Garden of Friendship
View from pavilion


There was construction happening nearby which did ruin a bit of the atmosphere as the garden would otherwise be quite tranquil and peaceful. It is interesting seeing the contrast of commercial buildings and hotels with the garden.

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Chinese Garden of Friendship


There are plenty of places around the gardens to stop and reflect and even sit down and read a book or meditate.

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Place to reflect


You can find the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Pier Street Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000

For more details head to the Darling Harbour website https://www.darlingharbour.com/things-to-do/chinese-garden-of-friendship/

Opening hours
9.30am – 5pm (Apr–Sep)
9.30am – 5.30pm (Oct–Mar)
Last entry to the garden 15 minutes prior to closing.

Admission

Adult: $6
Child: $3 (under 12 years)
Family: $15 (two adults and two children)
Concession: $3 (Australian pensioners and students only)
Senior: $4.50 (Australian seniors only)
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When: 9.30am – 5pm (Apr–Sep) 9.30am – 5.30pm (Oct–Mar) Last entry to the garden 15 minutes prior to closing.
Where: Pier Street Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000.
Cost: Adult: $6 Child: $3 (under 12 years) Family: $15 (two adults and two children) Concession: $3 (Australian pensioners and students only) Senior: $4.50 (Australian seniors only)
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