Chinese Garden of Friendship
by newtown graffiti
One of our group is ethnicly Chinese, but you don't have to be to make a fine picture
While downtown yesterday I joined a group of photographers at the Chinese Garden. This is a magic place to spend a few hours (although access for people with limited mobility is very awkward).
The garden was constructed by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners in 1998.
It observes Taoist principles including the placing of the five elements: earth, fire, water, metal and wood.
The garden lies on the edge of Chinatown, at the eastern boundary of Darling Harbour Sydney Australia.
Is it a must-see? Not for people who hurry from one tourist attraction to another, although you can hire Chinese costumes in which to photograph one another.
But for someone on a more extended hotel stay, who seeks a tranquil oasis in the middle of a noisy and busy city, it is an ideal place to spend an hour or two or three.
Suggestion: bring a copy of the Analects of Confucius
, or Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching
and read, winding down beside a bubbling waterfall or tranquil lake.Chinese Garden, Darling Harbour Sydney Australia