Last September, Rory and I went to Sydney for a week. He had never been, and I had last visited when I was 4, so I barely remember it. The trip was amazing, and it was so much fun to run around Sydney with Rory. I’ve decided to write about the trip in separate parts, but rather than splitting it up by days, I thought it’d be fun to split it up by the places we visited.

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Sydney Travels – Part 1. Chinese Garden of Friendship

The first place we visited in Sydney was the Chinese Garden of Friendship. We were staying in Haymarket, and this was only a few minutes away, and the website had some neat pictures. Let me say, that the pictures does not do justice to the real thing. This garden symbolises the friendship between the people of Guangzhou (a Β southern Chinese city, in the Guangdong province), and Sydney, hence the name.

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As you come through the Main Entrance and go though the courtyard, you come across the Dragon Wall. This isn’t the best photo of it, but I’m no professional photographer. It looks incredible! These are two imperial dragons, with the brown representing Guandong and the blue representing Sydney.

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We spent almost two hours here, simply walking around and taking in everything. It’s so peaceful and tranquil and there was always something new to look at.

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I really liked looking at all the koi swimming around in the pond. I had never seen them before, and they were bigger than I thought they’d be. I took so many photos throughout the day (especially selfies). Rory later showed me all the photos he took of me taking selfies. Selfie-ception.

Moving on, there was lots of bridges and pavilions to look out from. There was also lots of different trees and plants. We couldn’t help taking lots of photos everywhere we looked.

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As we made our way up and down the winding paths, we’d often stop to take photos, and then spend longer just looking around. It was a great way to start off our stay in Sydney.

We spent our whole morning at the garden, and we only left because we got hungry and needed to go to the grocery store to buy stuff for the week.

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We would have loved to come back, but there was so much more stuff in Sydney we also wanted to see. If you ever go to Sydney, do not miss a stop at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Photos of the place are amazing, but being there is like being in another world.

Angela.

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