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Chinese Garden of Friendship Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016

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Year of the Monkey
I can think of no more appropriate place to celebrate Chinese New Year in Sydney than the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Chinese New Year Chinese Garden of Friendship
The perfect place to celebrate Chinese New Year


This stunning garden, located in Darling Harbour, was designed based on the principles of Yin-Yang and the elements of earth, fire, water, metal and wood.

Within the garden you can enjoy features such as the serene Lake of Brightness, waterfalls amid the lush gardens, sculpture and pavilions, stone pathways, corridors and the colourful Koi carp.

Chinese New Year Chinese Garden of Friendship
Year of the Monkey (Image Credit: Chinese Garden of Friendship)


In the Chinese Zodiac 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, whose playful Yang energy is said to inspire happiness and imagination. With this in mind the Chinese Garden of Friendship will host three exciting weekends of performances, workshops, demonstrations and tours during Chinese New Year celebrations, to help inspire your own imagination and happiness.

There are many activities on offer throughout the Chinese New Year period. Some are ticketed events requiring pre-booking and other activities are free after entry to the gardens, which is by a gold coin donation.

Ticketed activities include:

Chinese Garden Chamber Music Concert
Sunday 14th Feb at 7.30pm

Chinese New Year Chinese Garden of Friendship
Enjoy the stunning scenery and inspiring music (image Credit: Chinese Garden of Friendship)


Five highly renowned master instrumentalists from China will perform in collaboration with top Australian musicians in the unique setting of The Chinese Garden of Friendship. The performance will run for approximately 2 hours including an interval. Please note this concert is only for audience members over 8 years old. Bookings required click here

Monkey Tales by Monkey Baa Theatre
20 - 21st Feb Shows at 6pm and 7.30pm

A magical theatrical adventure for children around the Chinese Garden of Friendship! Follow the mischievous monkey in a twilight search for the missing ball of friendship. What will happen when he encounters dragons, a lion and the fearsome wizard? This interactive performance is an imaginative journey of friendship, fun and forgiveness. This performance is suitable for children aged 8 and up

This is a ticketed event. To purchase tickets click here

There are also numerous free activities on offer including:

Lion Dance in the forecourt
6th Feb from 11 - 11.20am

Chinese New Year Chinese Garden of Friendship
(Image Credit: Chinese Garden of Friendship)


To celebrate the official opening of the Chinese New Year celebrations there will be a traditional Lion Dance performance, believed to bring good luck and fortune for the coming year. Award-winning performers from the Australian Yau Kung Mun Martial Arts Association will demonstrate feats of acrobatic prowess, breathing life into exquisite lion costumes.

Traditional tea ceremony
Sunday 7th Feb 11am - 12 noon
Christina Leung, owner of Zensation Tea House, invites you to take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, in which each step is a sensory exploration steeped in culture.

Learn the ancient art of Penjing
6-7 Feb at 1.30 and 3pm
Create your own Penjing to take home at a hands-on workshop and demonstration by Bonsai Environment. Suitable for ages eight and up (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Places are limited. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes early and register upon arrival.

Tai Chi class
6th Feb, 13th Feb, 20th Feb from 11.30 - 12.30pm
Work your body and mind in this class conducted by Fiona Maiyin Thockloth from the Inner Peace & Wellbeing Centre. Places are limited. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes early and register upon arrival.

Lantern Decorating workshop
13 - 14th Feb from 1.30 - 3.30pm

Chinese New Year Chinese Garden of Friendship
Light your way to the New Year (Image Credit: Chinese Garden of Friendship)


Take inspiration from the Chinese Lantern Festival at Darling Harbour on this weekend, then join this workshop at the Garden to decorate your own Chinese lantern to light your way into the New Year. This workshop is suitable for all ages.

Fan Dance
6th Feb, 13th Feb, 20th Feb from 1pm - 1.15pm
Presented by Fiona Maiyin Thockloth, the tradition of the Chinese fan dance has captivated audiences for two thousand years. As an ancient form of folk dance, the fan dance is the epitome of grace and delicacy.

Chinese Brush Painting
14th Feb from 10.30am - 12.30pm
Artists from the Australian Chinese Brush Painting Society demonstrate the art of Chinese Brush Painting with Chinese zodiac signs for you to take home.

One Hundred Names in Tofu
20th Feb 11am - 2pm
Children can trace their surname's history and sculpt it in this unique art workshop. It is inspired by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art's current project Chen Qiulin: One Hundred Names in Tofu.

Tea Ceremonies and Tea Tastings with Topotea
21st Feb from 10.30-1.30pm
Tea is a central part of Asian cultures, especially in China where it first originated. Discover the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and find out what the art of drinking tea really means.
Tea Ceremonies, 10.30am 12 noon
Tea Tastings, 12.30pm 1.30pm

Art in the Garden
21st Feb at 12.30 and 2pm
Lan Jiang is a Chinese artist whose traditional watercolour style is beautifully captivating. Learn from Lan how to create simple, yet enchanting, paintings of your own to take home.
Places are limited. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes early and register upon arrival.

Additional daily activities in the Chinese Garden of Friendship include Imperial Costume Hire where for a small fee you can wear a traditional ornate silk gown based on designs from the Ming and Ching dynasties. Or there is the Emperors Quest adventure hunt where children can search for the animals of the Chinese zodiac hidden amongst the gardens. Alternatively you can opt for one of the guided garden tours.

Chinese New Year Chinese Garden Of Friendship
There is much to explore in the Chinese Garden of Friendship


For information about all of the activities on offer head to the website here.

Entry to the Garden is by gold coin donation only, so it is easy to take advantage of all the creative and cultural activities on offer. Chinese New Year.is the perfect time to explore the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
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Why? Cultural & creative activities to inspire happiness and your imagination
When: From 6th Feb - 21st Feb 2016
Phone: (02) 9240 8888
Where: Chinese Garden of Friendship Darling Harbour
Cost: Entry to the Garden is by gold coin donation
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What a beautiful setting, it should be great
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