Sydney's Own Little Taste Of China- The Chinese Garden

The influence of the Chinese culture can be felt throughout Sydney, Australia and it is for this reason that the local Chinese Community created the Chinese Garden in 1988 as a way to not only celebrate but also share their culture with all of Australia. Chinese landscape architects and gardeners have not only worked hard creating this incredible Chinese garden but maintain it as well.

Creating the perfect balance they used some key elements to create this tranquil and peaceful tourist attraction. Filled with flowing waters, plants from the orient, as well as stone and architecture they created a lovely garden based on the principles of the Shang Dynasty some 3000 years earlier. The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a smaller version of a private garden taken from this era.

In sharp contrast to a western garden a Chinese garden allows for nature to thrive and leaves a more natural looking atmosphere that doesn't trim or plant in any structure but more permits nature to mold the garden instead of having the gardener mold the plants. It's a stimulating adventure complete with curving paths that head to more outstanding garden views.

The Chinese Friendship Garden is open to the public every day from 9:30am-5pm with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day and is located right next to Chinatown in Darling Harbour making it a wonderful place to drop by after shopping in Chinatown and stopping for lunch. The garden is a wonderful place to relax while experiencing the essence of Chinese culture with the added features of the Dragon Rock and Wall and of course the lovely Twin Pavilion.

Admission to the Chinese Garden is $6 for adults, $3 for children 14 and under, and $15 for a family of four with an Audio tour available for purchase in English or Mandarin for just an additional $4 per group. Maps of the Gardens as well as the Audio Tour can be downloaded for free off the internet as well.

While there are many incredible things to see and do as a tourist in Sydney you will find that spending a day learning about the Chinese culture by touring Chinatown and then heading over to the Chinese Friendship Garden can be great fun. This trip combines a wonderful tourist attraction, some shopping, and excellent Chinese Cuisine into one day that is sure to please your entire group. Engulf yourself in Chinese traditions and spend the day out in the Chinatown region of Sydney .