Nestled in the Darling harbour of Sydney at a short distance from Chinatown, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is a must see attraction, if you love solitude, the romanticized past and natureâs indelible beauty. The garden is a homogenous combination of the elements of water, stone with plants and architecture reminiscent of the past.
The gardens here have been designed on the traditional lines of a private garden of the Ming dynasty. They are an ideal insight in to the architecture and design of this era. The design of the Chinese garden of Friendship was optimized by Guangzhou in China (also known as the Chinese sister city of Sydney). The gardens were the setting for the 1995 superhero movie Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Dulceaâs Compound (20th Century Fox).
The unique features of the garden include a wistfulness and peace that is very difficult to find in the heart of a bustling city. You can also enjoy tangible features such as the courtyard of welcoming fragrance and the water pavilion of lotus fragrance. The dragon wall and the twin pavilion are idyllic settings for a romantic walk or just absorbing the sights. The Gurr, Rock forest and Penjing are also incredibly charming features for visitors to soak up the dynastical traditions of the Ming.
Take your time in the garden with a cup of fragrant jasmine tea or just experience oriental hospitality with a blend of teas in the Chinese Teahouse adjacent to the gardens. You can also feed the crumbs from your dining plate with the birds in the gardens who are surprisingly bold (as they will fly right into your hands for the nibbles).
The gardens are an ideal setting for intimate weddings or small receptions. They are spread over several acres of natural design, which include waterfalls, pavilions and lakes. You cannot see the ends of the garden from any point in it. You can also find incredible sculptures strewn across the gardens at vital points â The Ibis and The Fish.
The Chinese garden of Friendship is open every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm, except on 24th December ever year when it closes at noon and remains closed on the 25th to reopen on regular hours on 26th December. The access to the gardens (except the lower garden) in a wheelchair might be difficult due to the rocky terrain and stairs along the pathways.
The admission fees are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years. You can also opt for the family fee of $15 for two adults and two children. You can also buy annual passes for adults at $50 and for families at $125.
The garden is just a 10-minute distance away from the Sydney Town Hall. You can hire a minibus or a coach from any part of the town to reach this attraction site in a relaxed setting and enjoy the scenic beauty at your leisure. We can arrange transport for groups of any size to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, please call or send us an email for more information.