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Chinese Garden of Friendship, 30th Anniversary, with Simon Chan,Victor Dominello, Laurie Pearcey 4 Oct 2018

Chinese Garden of Friendship, 30th Anniversary, Sydney, 4 Oct 2018

Simon Chan - Sydney Chinese Garden Friendship Advisory Committee
Hon Victor Dominello MP, NSW Federal Minister of Finance, Services and Property
Laurie Pearcey - Pro-vice chancellor UNSW

East Meets West
- in the Chinese Garden of Friendship
by Shereen Khor

Rain did not deter a cheery crowd of nearly 80 people from gathering at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour, for its 30th anniversary and heritage-listing celebration on Thursday evening, 4 October. 2018

To the sight and sound of Chinese drums and lion dance, joining the party were some of our Ryde and Eastwood citizens, including the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Finance, Services and Property; Chinese community leader, Hugh Lee OAM; ex-Ryde Deputy Mayor/community volunteer Justin Li, and dentist/community volunteer Dr Anthony Ching.

Simon Chan, of the Friendship Advisory Committee, thanked Minister Dominello for his ardent support to make the occasion possible and enables the injection of expertise to “add value, enhance the beauty and symbolism” of the famous landmark. Designed by Sydney’s sister city, Guangzhou, the garden is a symbol of friendship between Australia and China, and, in the Minister’s words: “a cultural anchor, as our relationship with China grows stronger…and it shows our trust and respect for Chinese culture both here and abroad”.

A carved Chinese name-seal resembling an ancient imperial seal topped with a dragon’s head – a tradition that went back 3000 years, was presented to the Minister as a token of gratitude.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Laurie Pearcey of UNSW, a sponsorship partner, talked about the history of Chinese students in Australia going back to 1949 - in flawless Mandarin and English.
Surrounded by tranquil gardens, exotic pavilions, swaying willows, and manmade mist floating across ponds rippling with raindrops, wine and champagne flowed, canapes and buffet of Peking duck, Barramundi, roast pork, beef cheeks and more were served.

The party dispersed into the night – having experienced the synergy of friendship and collaboration.

Escape from the hustle and bustle to a serene, secluded garden—Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship.

The walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden in its waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways...once you’ve discovered this secret garden, you’ll never want to leave!

Opening hours
9.30am – 5pm (Apr–Sep)
9.30am – 5.30pm (Oct–Mar)
Last entry to the Garden 15 minutes prior to closing.
The Garden is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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