Diving into a world of rich traditions: visiting the Chinese Friendship Garden

Recently, Year 9 and Year 10 Chinese classes participated in a variety of guided activities and had an immersive Chinese day in the beautiful Chinese Friendship Garden, located in the heart of Darling Harbour.

The place is a tranquil retreat in the middle of the city built to symbolise the friendship between Sydney, New South Wales and the city of Guangzhou in the province of Guangdong, China, and inspired by the philosophy of Feng Shui, the garden is meticulously designed to balance the elements of water, plants, stone, and architecture, creating a space that exudes peace and balance.

Students attended a kung fu workshop and had a tour around the garden, absorbing its serene beauty. They then had a chance to dress up in traditional Chinese costumes and took photos in the harmonious garden.

“What I enjoyed the most was exploring the garden; the view was both picturesque and gorgeous.” Evan Zhou, IGS student

Students also had a lot of fun looking for the 12 Chinese zodiac signs hiding in the garden. The experience continued with a fantastic Beijing Opera performance where they followed the master to learn some basic Beijing Opera movements.

“I think that immersion in culture is a really important aspect of learning any language.” William Young, IGS student

After a captivatingmorning, students headed to Chinatown where they shareddelectable YumCha in an authentic Chinese restaurant. Here, students put their knowledge of Chinese cuisine and table manners to the test.

The day was filled with culture and lively activities.

Thank you to teacher Wu for organising the day.