Chinese Garden of Friendship

Waterfalls, weeping willows, lily pads and blossoms make this one-hectare garden a charming and calming place to visit. Officially opened in 1988, the Chinese Garden of Friendship was initially commissioned by the Guangdong Landscape Bureau in Sydney's sister city Guangzhou to reflect the bond between the two cities, and incorporates architectural principles of the Taoist philosophy of yin (calmness) and yang (activity).

Featuring calligraphy, carvings and sculpture, alongside dragons and other mythological creatures, the garden transports visitors from Sydney's city of sin into a world of tradition and calm – a refreshing change from exhaust fumes and traffic. The garden is dotted with hidden treasures, including an ancient cyad (fossil plant) and the red silk cotton tree (a floral symbol of Guangdong). A highlight is the Lake of Brightness, which is full of chubby carp.

Visitors who are feeling adventurous (or glamorous) can even channel Imperial China, dressing in traditional prince or princess gear, playing around in their very own Chinese palace for the day. The Chinese Garden offers oodles of zen – the perfect environment to sip your tea, savour the peace and quiet and be cocooned from the crazy city.

More Festivals, fairs and large events? Sign up to our newsletter.

First published on . Updated on .

By Time Out Sydney editors   |  

Chinese Garden of Friendship details

Corner of Pier & Harbour Sts, Darling Harbour

Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9240 8888

Chinese Garden of Friendship map

Restaurants near Chinese Garden of Friendship

Stacks Taverna and Bar

54m - Rounding off the row of restaurants at Darling Quarter is the beautiful...

Red Chilli 2

78m - If you've dined at the original Red Chilli on Dixon Street, you'll know that...

Spicy Panda

96m - You’ve not had a real Spicy Panda experience until you’ve picked your...

Bars & pubs near Chinese Garden of Friendship

CEO Karaoke

64m - This classy karaoke bar features huge projector screens, leather couches,...

Pumphouse Bar

72m - Saved from demolition in 1975, the Pumphouse is now a mecca for demolishing...

Lantern by Wagaya

243m - Formerly known as Greenbox Plus Karaoke, it's now a Izakaya Japanese...

Other venues near Chinese Garden of Friendship

Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre

37m - The home of children's theatre company Monkey Baa.

K1 Karaoke Lounge

140m - This collection of 18 rooms up a few grungy flights of stairs off Dixon...

Darling Quarter

157m - The key drawcard of this new harbourside precinct is the choice of dining....

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.