Malaysians can 'travel' to China at this garden in Putrajaya

A visit to Putrajaya will not be complete without first checking out the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden. — Filepic

The good bilateral relations between Malaysia and China is celebrated at a peaceful garden within the administrative capital of the country.

The China-Malaysia Friendship Garden in Putrajaya commemorates the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between both countries.

Officially opened in 2015, it is situated at Anjung Floria – the same venue which hosts the annual Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival (also known as Floria Putrajaya) – in Precinct 4.

Located next to the elegant Seri Saujana Bridge, this peaceful Chinese-style garden is definitely worth a visit. If not for the sights of beautiful blooms, then maybe for the sheer mischief of tricking your social media friends that you’re in China.

If anything, the garden does look like a venue you would find abroad. The garden includes design elements of Lingnan architecture, which originates from Guangdong and nearby provinces of China.

Distinctive Chinese characters and elements can be seen throughout the garden – from the mountain, water, stone, building, calligraphy and plants.

Landscape limestones from Guangdong Province are used to evoke sceneries of mountains and cliffs. There’s also a pretty pagoda, courtyard and pavilion within the garden’s grounds. Strolling through the gardens, one might get the sense that they are in the Forbidden City.

Fans of flowers would enjoy spending some time here. You would find Michelia alba (white cempaka), the official flower of Dongguan, blooming in the garden. Bonsai and maple trees have also been planted around the garden.Another highlight here are the two 200-year-old lion artefacts brought from China which are placed near the doors to greet visitors. Next to the lion statues is a beautiful poem that describes the enduring quality of a strong friendship.

The beautiful Chinese architecture will also delight photographers. In fact, this is a great place to do a wedding or special occasion photo shoot.

Entrance is free; however, a small fee might be imposed if you’re doing a wedding photo session.

Getting there

The garden forms part of Anjung Floria, an 11ha site that is the permanent home for Floria Putrajaya, the popular annual flower and garden festival in the country. If you’re travelling from Kuala Lumpur, the quickest way to get to Putrajaya is to ride the KLIA Transit train. From the station, just use the services of an e-hailing app.

If you don’t mind the drive, then being in your own vehicle would give you better mobility to explore other attractions in the area. In fact, you may even want to renew your driving license at Putrajaya...

China-Malaysia Friendship Garden

Lebuh Sentosa, Presint 4,

62250, Putrajaya

Tel: 03-8887 7137

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