My husband had taken my carry on bag to work with him in the morning, so I was "hands free".
At around 10am I alighted from the bus at Elizabeth street, across from Hyde Park, and walked towards Darling Harbour to go and visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
The revamped area of Darling Harbour was looking bright and beautiful.
After a bit of a twirl around the area and some photos I walked towards the Chinese garden.
CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
I had been there before a few years ago, but a Gardening program I watched on tv about the Chinese Garden made me want to revisit it.
The walled garden occupies about 1 hectare of land, and you have to pay an entry fee of $6 (adult) to visit it, but once inside you are in a little oasis that recreates the philosophy and harmony of traditional Chinese gardens, with waterfalls, exotic plants, pavilions, hidden pathways, bridges, sculptures, koi fish...it's all so graceful and peaceful.
The art of Chinese garden design was started during the Shang Dynasty 3000 years ago, and this garden is just a small version of a typical private garden, and it's design follows the "Yin and Yang" Taoist principles and incorporates the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
There is a traditional Chinese Teahouse by the entrance to the garden and you can enjoy the peacefulness of the garden while you drink a cup of tea.
THE BONSAI GARDEN
Right by the entrance is a tiny garden with lots of bonsai plants. I've always admired them and the art and patience it takes to create such marvels.
THE DRAGON WALL
Next comes the Dragon wall with two flying dragons, a symbol of majesty and perfection.
Visitors can rent traditional Chinese dresses, and I saw a few young girls and some older women parading around with beautiful colourful kimonos.
The photos probably don't do the garden justice, but I loved the time I spent in this amazing and beautiful garden in the center of Sydney!
Sadly it was time to leave the garden, and I walked back towards Hyde park via George Street where I saw a few interesting buildings, with architectural details like the one below.
|Interesting detail in building on George street, and Chinese quarter near the Chinese Garden|
Close to Hyde Park I called my husband and he met shortly on the corner of Park street with my hand luggage.
We chatted for a little bit and it was then time to say goodbye and he returned to work while I walked just down the road to Museum Station and caught the train to Sydney airport, just a couple of stations down the track.
And about 2 hours later we took off to Perth, where I arrived 5 hours later at 7,30pm.
On the flight I watched the movie "The book club" with Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, which I found very entertaining and I think I might have laughed a bit, as once in a while the lady travelling next to me would look at me and my screen to see what was going on 😁😁.
I then watched 4 or 5 episodes of the series "The Bold type" which was inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles . I had seen the first 3 episodes on a flight a few months ago and thought I would follow up as I liked the 3 spunky girls that play the main characters.
|Flying over Sydney, the sun going down gives the sky a purplish hue|
|Map of my walking route from Hyde Park to the Chinese Garden and back to Hyde Park|