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The Emperor's Quest at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

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A Chinese zodiac adventure - find the twelve sculptures
Emperor's Quest, Chinese New Year


Currently running as part of the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog celebrations, visitors to the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour can grab a map, read the clues and seek out the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac in a fun and interactive quest.

Cheeky monkey - we see you!


Discover what animal of the zodiac you are by searching for cleverly hidden sculptures throughout the majestic gardens. Kids and big kids alike can explore the sculpture once located and its corresponding plaque and learn about the zodiac and garden. The map provided at entry have the clues from one to twelve with an interesting Now look more closely.... search clue providing additional fun facts and other items of interest to look out for nearby.

Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog


Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog


The gardens are stunningly tranquil and feature many bonsai masterpieces, Water Pavilion, Twin Pavilion, The Gurr, Peaceboat Pavilion and Hall of Longevity. A loop of the garden can be taken by following the paths and stairs, while a route for prams and wheelchairs can be accessed by crossing the zig-zag bridge.

Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog
Spectacular surroundings


Take the time to stop, sit and admire - it is so peaceful. You forget you are in the heart of Sydney CBD. Or enjoy a tea or cold beverage at the Tea House, where the seating by the lake beckons. The Emporer's Quest is an engaging way for kids to learn about the Chinese zodiac, how it came about and Chinese folklore and will take about 30 minutes to complete. However, if you wish to delve deeper into the ancient world of the Chinese zodiac, you will need much longer with so much to learn.

So grab a map, immerse yourself in the garden and find your zodiac animal.
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Why? To find your Chinese zodiac
When: 9.30am-5pm daily
Where: Darling Harbour
Cost: Gold coin per person
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