As I promised earlier in the week, here are a bunch of pics from my visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship with Bodhi and his daughter Ashley, last Sunday. I've posted the pics in roughly the same order as you'd come across them if you walked around the gardens. This map gives you some idea of the scale of things.
Black bamboo. Darling Harbour, July 2005.
I fell in love with the black bamboo that was throughout the gardens. In some places it formed thickets which met overhead, almost blocking out the light.
Bodhi (R) & Ashley (L) inside the Round Pavilion. Darling Harbour, July 2005.
My two co-conspiritors on the visit to the gardens, Bodhi (who I met through this blog) and his daughter Ashley, aka The Kid. I really like this pic of the two of them, and I like the dappled morning light coming through the bamboo grove around the pavilion.
The Twin Pavilion, looking across the Lake of Brightness. Darling Harbour, July 2005.
This pic only hints at the large size of the garden, but it does also give you an idea how close the city buildings are. The garden has been cleverly constructed though so that most of the time you can't really see much in the way of buildings, and the various waterfalls go a long way towards masking the sounds of Sydney in the background.
Bridge between the Lake of Brightness and the Lotus Pond. Darling Harbour, July 2005.
Moon Gate alongside the Reading Brook Pavilion. Darling Harbour, July 2005.