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Date: 8th January 2012

I forgot to tell you about a really lovely experience on my first day in Sydney and that was a visit to the Chinese Gardens down at Darling Harbour.

Created by the local Chinese Community to celebrate Australia's Bicentenary in 1988, the gardens are a result of the close friendship and cooperation between the cities of Sydney and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, China. I can't tell you how tranquil, serene and beautiful are the gardens. We just wandered around and I took some great photos constantly trying to capture a scene without all the tower blocks in the background. I will upload them when I get back to the UK. (It is so frustrating not to be able to upload anything on an Ipad - but mine is one of the original ones and possibly the next version will have ironed out the problems) You can do an audio tour and I intend to return and do so before I return home. The gardens, the rock formations - everything was delightful but one of my over-riding memories will be of the Jade Bridal Carriage - an amazing feat of artistry and highly attractive. It was carved from 300 tons of Jade and now is a mere 2 tons. If I were rich I'd love to have either a Chinese or Japanese Garden - they are so beautiful. Jan


The Jade Bridal Carriage and no photo can do justice to the carving


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