The Chinese Garden, also known as the Garden of Friendship, was given to the people of Sydney, as a Bicentennial Gift from ... More
Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Chinese Garden, also known as the Garden of Friendship, was given to the people of Sydney, as a Bicentennial Gift from their Chinese Sister City of Guangdong. Built in 1987, it is a place of perfect serenity and an oasis of willows, bamboo, ponds and brooks. The Chinese Garden is ideal as an instant city escape. There is also a teahouse serving green tea and snacks.
It�s fantastic to be in the beautiful and quite garden - and then to think that just on the other site of the wall is a big city.
Small houses, lots of waterfalls, amazing animal life.... go and get really relaxed!
Great... worth the $6 for sure. The landscape was inspiring. I'd like to bring a hammock and live there! I was upset to see garbage laying around the ground and the wildlife.... but this is the Sydney way... basically the whole city is a landfill... too bad...
The Chinese Garden of Friendship was a great waystation in the city. Very quiet and tranquil, I found it a refreshing stop as I toured the city. As a classic Chinese garden, it is compactly laid out but with many different visual plateaus; opportunities for photos abound. In addition to the gardens, there is a small gift shop, tea shop and a costume shop where you can dress up and have your picture made. Well worth the admission fee (approximately A$6)
I visited this garden in 2001 with just half an hour to spare. It wasn't long enough. I ended up running through it taking lots of photos as I went. Still I was so glad I went it was quite inspirational. The way you are led round by intriguing paths and tempting glimpses of future delights - a pavilion floating on a pool, the sound of a hidden waterfall a pool of light at the end of a dark corridor. The detail is exquisite. Some of it so simple like the fan shaped window framing some bamboo stalks. Not something you'd look at normally but quite beautiful.
Four years later I've was studying for a degree in garden design and decided to research Chinese Garden History as a result of my visit to these gardens. The more I learn the more interesting it becomes. Everybody knows about Japanese garden design but Chinese garden design is where it started and the principles they invented are still used to make interesting and fun gardens today.
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