Golden Dragon Museum & Gardens
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Golden Dragon Museum & Gardens information
Bendigo’s obvious Chinese heritage sets it apart from other goldfields towns, and this fantastic museum and garden is the place to experience it. Walk through a huge wooden door into an awesome chamber filled with dragons including the Imperial Dragons Old Loong (the oldest in the world) and Sun Loong (the longest in the world at over 100m). Old Loong arrived in 1892 to feature in the Easter procession. Sun Loong took over in 1970 when Old Loong retired, and it comes out each year to lead the Easter parade. The museum also displays amazing Chinese heritage items and costumes. Outside, the Yin Yuan (Garden of Joy) classical Chinese gardens are a tranquil little haven with bridges, water features and ornamental shrubs. The tearoom serves simple, Chinese-style dishes. The area outside the museum was redeveloped as the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct, complete with a large lotus flower, and opened in 2010.