After a visit to the fantastic Golden Dragon Museum and perhaps a spot of lunch you should pay a visit to the Yi Yuan Gardens, located just outside.
The incredibly tranquil air of the zen garden it’s clear that every little detail has been designed to soothe the mind and soul and induce serenity in visitors.
Picking up on information about the statues in the garden on your tour of the museum makes a walk around the garden even more fascinating. With strong ties to the Chinese community since the gold rush days there’s lots of interesting history to uncover.
Kids will be enthralled by the giant goldfish who swim peacefully in the pool below the large koi statue spouting water. A small climb takes you up to a small pagoda with an incredible view out over the gardens and into the temple next door. A larger pagoda centres the garden with incredible murals.
Constructed in conjunction with the local Chinese community in Bendigo and artists from Hebei Province in China, this Yuan garden shares similarities with Beijing’s famous Summer Palace.
For a tranquil and relaxing experience, the Yuan Yi gardens in Bendigo are a must visit.
It’s also free!