The Secret Garden

Walk with me today, in a secret garden. A garden with gushing waterfall, serene lake and flowing cascade where willows  are caught in the wind and large Koi swim endlessly.

Nestled between tall buildings, is this beautiful garden called Chinese Garden of Friendship. I chanced upon it while I was looking for a weekend getaway. Situated at Darling Harbour, Sydney (nearly 10 minutes away from Townhall station) , it's a gorgeous place to spend some quality time. I saw kids with their parents exploring the place, understanding the various monuments, a newly wedded couple capturing memories, a family dressed in rented traditional costumes posing and clicking non stop.



And why not, how can one not fall in love with this peaceful and magical place.


 The garden is  modelled based on the private gardens of Ming Dynasty. It was opened in the year 1988.




A large circular portal called Moongate is a traditional element of the garden. 




After walking up the stone path, along the cascade, I looked down. The view was absolutely captivating. Ohh!! I would love to live in a house, surrounded by such beauty!



 Can you see a cute little plastic money hanging down from the branch? The garden also has a teahouse, where you can munch on delicious dumplings.







Entry fees
Adult: $6
Child: $3 (under 12 years)


More details here - site

17 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. Sidney is on my bucket list.

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  2. Super awesome place!!!! I definitely want to go there if not to anywhere else! Take me please :D
    PS: The name reminded me of the K-Drama Secret Garden? U have watched it?

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    1. sure sure come along :D No I haven't watched the drama yet. Let me google for it.

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  3. Indeed, it's a great place to relax, philosophise and admire the beauty of creation. You've captured the place beautifully.

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  4. Absolutely amazing pictures of a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Lovely pics and such a pretty garden. I visited Sydney in 1988 and if I recall it was either being built or had recently been built then. I love Chinese and Japanese gardens.

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    1. Yeah, according to Wiki it was still under construction. Maybe it's time for another visit :)

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  6. Thank you for taking me for a walk in this lovely garden. Your photos captured its beautify and serenity pretty well. It's too bad that I didn't know about this garden when I visited Darling Harbor. It must truly be a secret after all:)

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    1. hehehe I found it because I was looking for it ... else one wouldn't know :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  7. We actually went here when we visited Sydney two years ago for my birthday, and I felt the same way, like it was a secret garden hidden in the city.

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    1. yeah isn't it :) Thanks for writing in :)

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  8. Beautiful garden! I've never been in Sydney before, but it's definitely on my list.

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    1. And I am sure you will love the place :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  9. Such a beautiful garden Rajlakshmi!

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