No time to worry about Jet Lag

Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 21, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, February 24, 2013

A short rest and freshen up. Our hotel is very close to China Town & Darling Harbour, we have an orientation tour of the city tomorrow with our group so decided to stay in the vicinity of the hotel today, we were not disappointed. 
Just a short walk from the Hotel and we were amongst the locals and visitors alike at Darling Harbour, we could hear a lot of cheering and wondered what was occurring ! It was a Dragon Boat racing event. Crowds of supporters were cheering as the crews in their the decorated boats raced in heats of 6, we arrived to see race 13 so it was obviously a well supported event, which lasted well into the afternoon. 
Such a fantastic atmosphere, Chinese Dragon dancers, crews in their colourful outfits warming up by the waters edge, the sound of drums as each boat started to dip their oars into the water and take up the challenge. We spent a few hours enjoying the atmosphere but decided we needed somewhere relaxing and tranquil and found the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Leaving behind all the razzmatazz of the dragon boats we were now in another world where we could immerse ourselves in a beautiful landscape of waterfalls,lakes and traditional carvings a dragon wall, & so many beautiful plants & trees.
The  gardens were Initiated by the local Chinese Community to celebrate Australia's 1988 Bicentenary and the gardens are a result of close friendship between Sydney & Guangzhou (you can tell I have been reading the guide info !).
In the tea house we enjoyed Jasmine Tea and dim sum watching a rather large lizard sunning himself in the sunshine.
It was a beautiful way to spend our first day in Sydney even if we did think we had arrived in China not Australia.
Back to the hotel for some rest, had planned to eat out this evening but decided probably best not to push ourselves, so opted for hotel room service light snack. 
David now snoozing, I thought it a good time to sort out some photographs to ensure I don't go to sleep too early and be wide awake at 2 am!
So it's G'day from down under. X
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kian on

Love the blog fantastic . Look forward to seeing and re

kian on

And reading more. Take care x x say hi to uncle david

brv on

would like to be in one of those dragon boats

Carol Giffen on

G'day sport. Wish it was me "down under" rather than preparing to take my first H & E committee meeting tomorrow night!

Jenny Bounds on

Sounds Great Bev. Keep it coming. Will be with you all the way then.

beverlyndavid on

Thanks for all your nice comments, it's 6.00am managed a good sleep, Day 2 here we come ! Xx

Heather on

G'day to you & Dave, sounds like you had a fab day , it is very dull & grey outside, made me feel quite down & under when I read your blog !

Make the most of every moment & every day, rest up and enjoy your next experience.....
Love to you both Xx

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