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Step Inside This Lush Chinese Garden In Putrajaya For A Relaxing Green Escape

Take a brisk walk around the grounds and get swept away into calmness for a brief moment.

Cover image via Perbadanan Putrajaya

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Located in the Anjung Floria park just off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman is a wholesome garden known as the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden

Created in 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the official establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden was made in collaboration with the Malaysia-China Friendship Association (PPMC).

Named Zhi Yuan (Zhi, which means the acquaintance of friends, while Yuan means an alluring scene of a meeting point), the park was developed over 0.6 acres of land, costing about RM1.5 million to construct.

Designed in the style of a Lingnan Garden, the park was built in support of the six elements — mountain, stone, water, building, plants, and calligraphy

Stepping into the garden, be greeted by a pair of 200-year-old Qilin statues. Resembling a lion-like mythical creature, they should not be confused with the mystical creatures from the Fantastic Beasts series. Brought all the way from China, these artefacts are placed (one each) on both sides of the main doorway.

Enshrined in a wooden plaque above the doorway is a Chinese couplet, which details the enduring quality of strong friendship, emphasising that of Malaysia and China's diplomatic ties.

Drawing on the limestone landscape from Yingde County in Guangdong Province, multiple areas within the garden were constructed using these materials, including the mountain scenery, cliff and pool layout, and the tower within the garden.

The most significant part of the garden are the white cempaka trees, symbolising harmony between Malaysia and China

Among some of the other elements of greenery include a prosperous amount of bamboo, bonsai trees, and Maple trees scattered all throughout the garden.

Walk on over to the exquisite courtyard and breathe in the fresh air while admiring the flourishing florescent jewels that are in bloom. There's even a pavilion reserved for renowned calligraphers and painters who seek to draw out artistic inspiration.

Grab a glorious view of the Seri Saujana bridge right behind the park, that gives a modern feel to the traditional essence soaked up within the premises.

Next time you think of walking through a crowded and busy shopping mall, come to the Friendship Garden and immerse yourself back into nature

Here's where you can find the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden:

Address:
Lebuh Sentosa, Presint 4, 62250 Putrajaya,
Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya.

Entrance fee:
Free.

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