Chinatown is fantastic. Lots of life going on. Great resturants and shops here. One day there was a movie shoot going on. I was suprised when I saw this guy dragging a guy from a car with a gun and bringing him into the Hotel!!
Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of asian culture, shopping and cuisine. The area's distinctly oriental architecture, street lanterns and archways confirm it as a showpiece for Australian Chinese culture.Chinatown also hosts a number of performances throughout the year in line with the Chinese calendar celebrations.
The eateries in Chinatown serve up authentic asian dishes throughout the day until 4am in some cases.
Admission to Chinatown is free.
The dragon is an important cultural symbol to the Chinese and so it seems appropriate that the one animal (apart from birds, particularly ibis [see pic 5]) that you will see lots of at the Chinese Garden of Friendship is the Australian Bearded Dragon, a fairly common lizard throughout the land of Oz.
In Chinese mythology dragons are seen as benevolent guardians and are associated with good fortune. The Dragon Rock seen in pictures 2 and 3 draws your eye whenever you are adjacent to the Lake of Brightness.
One spot I particularly liked was the waterfall, strangely without any special title, just a waterfall, that's all. Its boisterous tone is such a relief from the drone of the city outside the walls that it has an immediate relaxing effect upon you.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship was created for Australia's Bicentenary in 1988, symbolising the closeness of the relationship. Situated neatly between Chinatown and Darling Harbour, it offers a delightful contrast to the concrete jungle surrounding it.
I've tried to include some of the variety you'll find there.
Firstly, there's the Gurr (Pavilion of Clear View) with Dragon Rock in the pond. These two items seem to be begging for your attention just about wherever you are in the garden.
In the second pic is the rock forest, reflecting the tragic story of the Dancing Maiden Ashima and the Landlord. Though she drowns, her spirit is transformed into a dancing rock.
In pic 3 are some of the many carp you'll notice in the pond.
Pic 4 is Penjing, meaning "tray scenery", a Chinese art of creating a minature landscape. The oldest tree here dates to 1932.
Pic 5 gives you some idea of the types of traditional sculptures you'll find scattered throughout the garden though the area adjacent to the Chamber of Clear Rhythm offers this particular example.
The garden is open every day except Xmas Day from 9.30 to 5.00
I have a question for my friends in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei...... do YOU enjoy visiting "Chinatown" in foreign countries? I guess I never really thought about it from that perspective. I've never known of a foreign country having an "Americantown". OK, back to the tip....
While certainly not as large as the Chinatown entities in San Francisco or New York City, Sydney's Chinatown still offers a different look from its other neighborhoods. Along with the usual collection of small eateries, you'll find various shops and markets designed for both tourists and local residents.
My visit to Sydney's Chinatown was a first for me......it's the first time I've ever visited a Chinatown without buying something. But, it's no big surprise.... we were there kind of early, before everything was really up and running. ; )
There was a parade to celebrate Chinese New Year last weekend. It started at Town Hall and ended in China Town. I took these beautifuls pics ( with the subjects permission of course) before the parade started. I got a number of others along the parade route but with the streets so crowded it was difficult to find a good vantage point. Those taken before the actual parade were by far the best ones.
For one week in February every year, Chinatown and parts of the CBD are taekn over by the Chinese community to celebrate the new year. Various celebrations take place, but the mainstay is the Parade through the streets, culminating in the 'end of the road' at Darling Harbour.
There has been Chinese presence in Sydney for more than 200 years. Many of the early Chinese settlers were market gardeners & traders.
Dixon Street Mall is the heart of Sydney's Chinatown. Ceremonial gates marked the entrance to the mall.
If you head towards Darling Harbour on Pier Street, you'll get to a peaceful retreat in the Chinese Gardens. The gardens were a bicentennial gift to Sydney from the ancient city of Canton in southern China, where most of Sydney's early Chinese came from. Admission fee is A$2.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with my intended shopping in China Town.. and left without buying anything.
I asked the salesgirl about an item I was going to purchase, and she replied something, in a very rude manner, offering no information, and walking off in a huff...
I just couldn't believe the girl's attitude.. ;-/
Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of asian culture, shopping and cuisine.
The area's distinctly oriental architecture, street lanterns and archways confirm it as a showpiece for Australian Chinese culture..
This was a paradise within a paradise.You have to spend some time in this garden just to wash your soul with peace and happiness .It reminds me the novel of Shibumi )))
Sydney has a thriving Chinatown just Southeast of Darling Harbour. It's a great place to get a bite to eat or to buy cheaper souvenirs than you would find at the Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.
A beautiful, tranquil oasis in the middle of the city. The garden is well set out, there are very few tourists there (although we did go in the winter!) and the tea house serves great tea!
Chinatown is great. Tons of great Asian food at reasonable prices and many are open late into the night. A short walk from the central rail station or from Darling Harbour.
Chinatown is near to Paddy's market, so drop by when you are free............... This chinatown is just a small stretch of street, selling chinese food and also some of the chinese medicine.