Chinese Garden, Sydney, Australia

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Visiting the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney, Australia was a refreshing break from a stuffy summer’s day in the city.

The garden, near Darling Harbour, was built in 1988 by the Chinese community to celebrate Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary and the city’s links with Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, China. There are paths to wander, quiet nooks and crannies to discover, and pools to reflect over. A true urban oasis.

It costs $6 Aussie dollars to enter (£4 GB / $4.70 US / 6.20 Euro) but you could easily spend half a day here reading, meditating, sitting and relaxing. There’s also a tea room. If you live in the city or are staying on a working holiday you can buy an annual pass for $50 Aussie dollars (£34 GB / $47 US / 52 Euro).