Chinese Gardens, Sydney
Yes it is $6. But was so worth it. One of the nicest I've seen. On my last trip to Sydney I had wanted to see the Gardens but didn't. I was so glad Liz wanted to see them as well. The Gardens are really beautiful especially the waterfalls. It was a tranquil and serene experience on a beautiful day.
We were here on the 19th of October, 2007.
This is a beautiful, tranquil place right in the middle of a busy part of the city. It is right next to Darling Harbour, so if you want to get off the beaten path, without actually going anywhere, try the gardens. It's worth at least an hour or so to wander around - and even to bring a book and take a rest from your wanders in the city. The gardens were designed by gardeners from China, and the principals of the designs date back to the 5th century.
It's open from 9:30-5:30 every day.
When you visit the Gardens, there is also the opportunity to dress up like a Chinese doll and then you can stroll around and take pic's of yourself in the garden, or let the professional photographer take a pic of you. Sometimes we have to do silly things in order to have a good laugh few years later again and make light of this depressing world we live in.
Just minutes from downtown Sydney and the entertainment pulse of Darling Harbour, the Chinese Garden offers a rare opportunity, outside Asia, to experience century-old traditions of Chinese landscaping, architecture and garden design.
Chinese gardens differ from western-style gardens in that there are no planted flowerbeds or manicured lawns. Instead, wild aspects of nature are recreated in artfully designed landscapes that feature waterfalls, mountains, lakes and forests.
There is a tea house here and also a opportunity to costume hire the ancient Chinese cloths of a by-gone era.
You can slip into a traditional ornate silk gown based on designs from the Ming and Ching dynasties and be momentarily transformed into an emperor, a princess or a warrior. Costumes are available to fit adults and children.
The Chinese Gardens are simply stunning. When you go in you are given a map and it seems quite small but there is so much to see. I was all excited and didn't follow the map but I suggest you do as I found myself missing things and having to go back.
In the gardens are a large lake, statues, rock formations, a waterfall, bamboo and many small lizards running around.
There are many great photo opportunities and there is a small tea house just before the exit where you can sit and have something to eat and drink and just take in the great views.
Also in the garden you can hire traditional Chinese costumes and take photos throughout the grounds. I didn't so this as I was by myself but I saw a few people there that did and it looked like a lot of fun.