No time to worry about Jet Lag
Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
27Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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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