The Chinese Garden of Friendship was opened in 1988 as part the commemoration of Sydney's bicentennial. Located near Darling Harbour at the northern end of Chinatown, this lovely garden is well worth a visit and the admission fee is very reasonable.
The garden was designed by landscape designers and gardeners from Sydney's sister city of Guangzhou in China. It is modelled after the likes of private gardens common during the Ming Dynasty, but is somewhat smaller than they were. A unique aspect of the design is that there is no point in the garden where you can see all of the garden at one time.
You will be delighted by the beauty of the gardens natural features and settings accented by a variety of architectural backdrops and Chinese sculptures as you stroll along the meandering pathways through the garden. It is this natural beauty that makes the garden very popular for wedding photography. Some of the features to watch for include the Dragon Wall, the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, and the Twin Pavilion.
The garden also has a Tea House, where you can enjoy a cup of Chinese Tea of some other refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Chinese Garden of FriendshipFee: Yes
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 9240 8888
Mary Jo L. Mar-04-2020
We came here on a rainy day and these gardens were absolutely stunning!!! So worth making the trip to see!!! They are kept up so well and there is so much... Read More
Naomi K. Sep-01-2018
Beautiful spot to walk around. Wonderful architecture and great green space. Take some time to get a pot of tea at the tea house. Some interesting ibis... Read More
Stephen P. Mar-24-2019
Beautiful, compact Chinese garden with a wide variety of interesting features. My five-year-old enjoyed the Chinese Zodiac scavenger hunt; him having that... Read More
Accommodations near Chinese Garden of Friendship:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail L1||Exhibition||2 minutes|
|T2, T3, or T8||Museum Station||5 minutes|
How to get to Chinese Garden of Friendship by Train
By Light Rail: exit at Exhibition Stop, walk down the ramp on the east side of the station and cross Darling Drive. Continue east through the pedestrian path lined with palm trees until you reach the plaza on the east side of Sydney Theatre. The entrance to Chinese Garden of Friendship is across the plaza from the ICC Sydney Theatre.
By Train: exit at Museum Station and proceed west on Liverpool Street crossing Harbour Street via the elevated pedestrian overpass. Go left at Tumbalong Park and follow the garden wall through the pedestrian plaza until you reach the entrance.
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