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Location: Darling Harbour

Chinese Garden Ever since the Gold Rush era, the Chinese have established a strong community in the heart of Sydney. The Chinese Garden of Friendship was created in response to the community's need to preserve this unique culture and share it with the rest of the world.

It was 1984 when the Guangdong Landscape Bureau in Sydney agreed to plan and design the layout for the garden. Darling Harbour was chosen because it was close to Chinatown and it was a prime site for attracting tourists from all over the world. On 16 March 1986, the ground was officially broken in a traditional ceremony by the Chinese community and the Darling Harbour Authority.

Inside the Chinese Garden On 17 January 1988, the Chinese Garden of Friendship was finally opened to the public. It was named the 'garden of friendship' to symbolized the bond between China and Australia.

The garden is a wonder. Wandering through the peaceful garden, you cannot but help admire the beauty of the garden with its rocky mountains, forests and lakes filled with giant craps. Much of the landscape are designed to work in harmony with nature in accordance to Chinese belief.


Inside the Chinese Garden You first enter the garden via the Entry Pavilion to the Gurr, the Creek and the Waterfall. Watch for enchanting Rock Forest. The forest is influenced from an ancient Chinese poem about the story of the Dancing Maiden Ashima and her landlord. A magnificent gift from Guangdong, The Dragon Wall features two colorful dragons with a pearl between them to represent the bonding between the two countries. Included in the garden are the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, Twin Pavilion and the Tea House. For a magical treat, try lunching in the Tea House as they provide Chinese tea, cakes and other refreshments.

See also Chinatown

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TIP: During certain time of the year, the Chinese Garden offer visitors the opportunity to dress up as ancient nobles and ladies of the past. There is a small fee for renting the costumes which is not included in the entrance fees.

You can park in the Entertainment Centre or Exhibition car parks. Darling Harbour can be reached by any public transportation.

Check List:

  1. Opening Hours: Every day of the year from 9.30am until late.
  2. You will have to pay an entrance fee to get in. Adults ($4) Children/Concession/Pensioner ($2)

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