The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour was constructed to emphasize the bond between sister cities Sydney and Guangzhou and to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988. My friend Sasha and I spent an afternoon there and we started our visit with a leisurely lunch on the garden’s patio overlooking the pond. As we sat and sipped our green tea in the quiet, we chatted about everything and nothing as only close friends can.
After lunch, we explored the beautiful and peaceful garden walking on rock-paved pathways past waterfalls, lily pads, grottoes, and trees.
I hadn’t seen Sasha in the six months since she moved to Sydney and e-mails and Skype calls can’t compare to actually having face-to-face time with your best friend. In the two weeks I spent visiting her in her new home, we had just enough time to pick up where we left off and get caught up on each others’ lives. A genuine friendship is rare and I felt lucky to spend an afternoon in a garden devoted to such a thing.