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Trip Report Sydney - City Sights Travel Report

Walking in the city of Sydney feels like a vacation already. Fabulous sunshine. Comforting harbor breeze. Relaxing city vibe.... So here, I am sharing a few “Snapshots” of the city that visitor could do or experience during their stay in town. Let’s hop on the subway, a ferry of the explorer bus and get around!

*Sydney Opera House*

Require no introduction, the Sydney Opera House is the most recognizable and well-known architectural wonder in probably the entire southern hemisphere, if not the world. I always wonder how the opera house would look like up-close-and-personal…. In fact, the building was very approachable as visitors are welcome to walk up to the platform and touch the ceramic white tiles that paved the roof of the entire opera house. For those who are not watching a show (that could be a ballet, an opera, a concert, a drama, a play…), it is possible to see inside the performance halls joining a guided tour to learn more about the architectural facts and fascinating stories about the building. I also recommend having drinks or even dinner at the Opera bar. The place has a variety of choices from barbecue, seafood, to Asian-style fusion dishes at a reasonable price. Diners could feel free to sit by the water-side sofa, enjoy and relax in between the two signature landmarks of the city, the Sydney opera house, and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

*George Street, City Center*

For those who doesn’t like walking, or sitting on a tour bus – consider a bike tour to visit all the classic tourist spots in the Sydney city center. The Bonza Bike Tour offers different routes that take tourists to the main attractions along the waterfront and beautiful beaches. At night, explore the Rocks in a different way by joining The Rocks Ghost Tours which includes spooky, strange and mystery stories and antidotes wandering in different the streets of the oldest district in the city.

*Oxford Road, Paddington & Surry Hills*

Enjoy a day of the shopping spree in Paddington or Surry Hills as both neighboring districts that stretch along Oxford Street have lots of boutiques, cafés, and designer stores that are full of unique character and style… The Paddington Markets open on Saturdays with about 200 stalls set up with fashion, accessories, artworks, paintings, home products that were produced with each designer’s heart and soul. Customers usually would get to “meet the designer” as they tried to explain their design concept behind their products. Visit The Cupcake Bakery after your shopping spree – it’s a popular Cupcake bakery with freshly baked cupcakes in different flavors, from mint chocolate, lemon cheese, strawberry yogurt to carrot.

*Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross*

What was once a shady neighborhood has turned itself to a range of small bars, art galleries, and respected theaters that making the exploration of the district full of surprises! It is an interesting district for the kooky and wicked. Along the Darlinghurst Road, there are tattoo parlors, night clubs, lottery stores, old-fashioned videotape rental place, and adult stores. One night we were walking along the street and we headed to a burger place while later we found that there was actually a tranny bingo to get free drinks!

*Dixon Street, Haymarket*

Sydney's Dixon Street is a funky Asian town (a.k.a. China Town) that was like Taipei’s night market or Hong Kong’s Woman's Street, where bilingual street signs are up in Chinese and English, and Hong Kong Diners, Asia Food Court, Chinese Hot Pot, Karaoke Lounge, Foot Massage, Nail parlors, Chinese Supermarket with all sort of dried seafood and Chinese sauces and spices could be found in the area. The Taiwanese dessert and Thai food were actually very tasty…

Check out knycx_journeying blog for photos and a detailed trip report:

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