Cairns and Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province China officially became Sister Cities in August 2004.
Both cities have many similar features including a tropical climate, seaside location, tourism and agriculture with a substantial sugar industry.
This garden recognises the importance and close friendship of the two cities. This was also demonstrated by the design and construction of the Sino Australian Friendship Garden at Zhanjiang between 2004-2007 as a bilateral Sister Cities project.
The design of this garden incorporates a number of traditional features ina contemporary style.
The entry pillars announce arrival and are adorned with the graphic motifs of traditional cloud patterns of Zhanjiang.
The boulders of Chillagoe marble have been individually selected for their colour and form and are sited in relation to the surrounding hills, acknowledging the importance of rocks and mountains in Chinese garden culture.
The Moon Gate inscription in carved granite simply says Friendship Garden and the carved granite dogs at the entrance to the pavilion represent the ancient dog sculptures unique to the area of Zhanjiang on the Leizhou Peninsula and symbolise protection and virility.
The garden includes plants of Chinese and Australian origin. Many have been selected for their colour to complement the auspicious and significant use of red in Chinese culture and the relationship that many of our plants share across large areas of the world, especially bamboos that symbolise resoluteness, honourability and chastity.
Image credit: “Zhanjiang Bay Bridge 2008” by WabbitWanderer from London, Canada – Zhanjiang bridge. Uploaded by ASDFGH. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.
Wonderful walk around the lakes
Lovely place to walk around. I enjoy the short loop walk around the lake, and always finish up at the Lakeside Pavilion to watch the birdlife. Close to Edge Hill cafes as well as being part of the Botanic Gardens.