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Discover What’s in Bloom this Spring


The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour was officially opened in January 17, 1988 to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988.

Designed and built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners, the Garden blends the principles of ‘Yin-Yang’, the balance of opposites yet complementary forces and the five elements of ‘Wu-Xing’ –¬†wood, fire, earth, metal and water to present a harmonious flow of life and energy force called ‘Qi’.

Boasting one hectare of land with pavilions, waterfalls, exotic plants and hidden pathways, this is the perfect place to unwind.

Discover what’s in bloom this spring and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow or Salix Babylonica symbolises feminine grace. Its early sprouting leaves represent spring, light and vitality, and its water-loving branches are used in rainmaking ceremonies.

Lily Magnolia

Lily Magnolia or Magnolia liliiflora symbolises nobility. Exceptionally a small tree and smaller than other magnolias, it can grow up to 4m tall and blooms profusely in early spring with large pink to purple showy flowers, before the leaf buds open.

Mock Orange

Mock Orange or Murraya paniculate symbolises good luck or fortune. A tropical, evergreen plant native to China, it bears small, white scented flowers and have been traditionally used as painkillers in Chinese medicine.

Red Silk Cotton Tree

Red Silk Cotton Tree or Bombax ceiba is the official flower of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province in southern China. Red flowers with five petals appear in the spring before the new foliage. It produces a capsule which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton.

Flowering Plum

Flowering Plum or Prunus mume also known as ‘Chinese plum’ or ‘Japanese apricot’, is a deciduous tree that starts flowering in late Winter and early spring, signifying that winter is over. The five petals represent five blessings in life: longevity, health, wealth, virtue and to die a natural death in old age. Ancient scholars often refer to it as a symbol of courage and hope.

Prince of Orange

Prince of Orange or Ixora chinensis is a small evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves that prefers the warmer climate. Reaching around 2m in height, the brilliant orange flowers make a stunning display.


Azalea symbolises elegance and wealth. Considered as one of the three most famous flowers in China alongside Primrose and Violet, it adorns China’s 1 cent coin. Despite its beauty, azalea is a highly toxic plant.

Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour this spring and stay tuned for our next post on What’s in Bloom this summer.

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