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Chinese Garden of Friendship
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Chinese Garden of Friendship
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Type Chinese garden
Location 1 Harbour Street, Sydney central business district, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Area 1.03 hectares (3 acres)
Created 1986–17 January 1988 (1988-01-17)
Designer
  • Guangzhou Garden Planning & Building Design Institute
  • Tsang & Lee
  • Edmond Bull & Corkery
Operated by Place Management NSW
Visitors 230,000 (2016-17)
Status Open all year
Official name Chinese Garden of Friendship
Type State heritage (complex / group)
Designated 5 October 2018
Reference no. 2017
Type Other - Landscape - Cultural
Category Landscape - Cultural
Builders
  • Gutteridge Haskins & Davey
  • Darling Harbour Authority
  • Imperial Gardens
  • Leightons
  • Australian Native Landscapes
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Traditional Chinese 誼園
Simplified Chinese 谊园

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (simplified Chinese: 谊园; traditional Chinese: 誼園) is a heritage-listed 1.03-hectare (3-acre) Chinese garden at 1 Harbour Street, in the Sydney Central Business District, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Modelled after the classic private gardens of the Ming Dynasty, the garden offers an insight into Chinese heritage and culture. It was designed by Guangzhou Garden Planning & Building Design Institute, Tsang & Lee, and Edmond Bull & Corkery and built from 1986 to 1988 by Gutteridge Haskins & Davey; the Darling Harbour Authority; Imperial Gardens; Leightons; and Australian Native Landscapes. The gardens were added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 5 October 2018.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was designed by Sydney's Chinese sister city, Guangzhou in China. Sydney's Chinatown complements the area's already rich in Chinese heritage and culture. The garden was officially opened 17 January 1988 as part of Sydney's Bicentennial Celebrations and named the Chinese Garden of Friendship symbolising the bond established between China and Australia.

The Garden is located at the corner of Day Street and Pier Street, Darling Harbour, on the site of the former NSW Fresh Food and Ice Co, which is considered significant in the development of refrigeration and freezing in Sydney.

Design and location

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was designed by Sydney's Chinese sister city, Guangzhou in China. Chinatown, Sydney complements the area's already rich Chinese heritage and culture. The gardens were officially opened in 1988 as part of Sydney's bicentennial celebrations and they were named the Garden of Friendship symbolising the bond established between China and Australia.

The Garden is located at the corner of Day Street and Pier Street, Darling Harbour, on the site of the former NSW Fresh Food and Ice Co, which is considered significant in the development of refrigeration and freezing in Sydney.

Features

The Chinese Gardens are filled with beautiful bamboo plants and glistening waterfalls. The whole garden cannot be seen from any point within the garden. The garden has a number of features including the Dragon Wall symbolising the bond between New South Wales and Guangzhou, the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, the Twin Pavilion and The Tea House that offers traditional Chinese tea and other refreshments. The garden is also a popular venue for weddings.

In popular culture

The garden was used as a scene for Dulcea's compound in 20th Century Fox's 1995 superhero film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and also in the filming of The Wolverine in October 2012. Many features of the gardens were changed or covered up as the movie was set in Japan.

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