By now we’re all well and truly into the work, sleep and work routine and the tranquility once experienced during the New Year holiday period is a very distant memory. For myself I know I’ve moved from ‘paths more peaceful’ to ‘paths more stressful’ due to the daily work grind and Sydney’s hustle-bustle lifestyle. However, one place that I like to visit to relax and feel energised is the Chinese Gardens of Friendship.
Situated in Darling Harbour, the Chinese Gardens of Friendship is a majestic spot offering the opportunity to step back in time and experience ancient Chinese culture, heritage and architecture. Featuring waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions, sculptures and hidden pathways, the Chinese Gardens has been meticulously designed in accordance with the principles of ‘Yin-Yang’, Qi and elements of earth, fire, water, metal and wood. No wonder why I feel a strong sense of tranquility, harmony and balance when I’m there.
One of my favourite things to do is to simply sit by the Lotus Pond and watch the colourful koi glide through the water. There are hundreds of them and they’re enchanting! Other areas I enjoy include the Dragon Wall, Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, Gurr and Rock Forest. After strolling through the garden it’s nice to stop by the traditional Teahouse and sample some authentic Chinese tea, dumplings and steamed buns. A fun option found especially for the children is the imperial costume hire area – here you can dress up as an emperor, princess or warrior from the Ming Ching dynasty era.
If you feel like a quiet moment to relax and recharge the batteries, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is without a doubt a good place to visit in Sydney.
Located: Pier Street, Darling Harbour
Open: 9.30am to 5pm (daily)
Cost: $6 (adults), $3 (under 12 years)
Have you visited Sydney’s Chinese Gardens? Where do you find serenity in your city?
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