The Chinese Garden of Friendship

Serenely beautiful, the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney’s Darling Harbour celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, with listing on the NSW State Heritage Register.

The popular walled garden recreates the harmony and philosophy of a traditional Chinese garden with water features, traditional pavilions, plants and the spirituality of feng shui. Its tranquility and beauty provide respite from the city for workers, locals and tourists.

Opened as part of Australia’s Bicentennial Celebrations in 1988, the Chinese Gardens were built through a partnership with the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong, and Sydney, NSW (being sister cities of sister states).

To help recognise and conserve the significant values of the Gardens and its special place in Australian-Chinese relations, GML is preparing a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) in partnership with Context Landscape Architects, on behalf of Property NSW.

Leading this project for GML is Julian Siu. Julian is well placed to document and assess the place’s heritage issues given his heritage industry experience and Chinese background. He is particularly excited to celebrate the anniversary of the Gardens and to contribute to the future management and conservation of this significant heritage place.

Pond at the Chinese Gardens

Porch and paved area at Chinese Gardens