Turn the corner from Haymarket and you are in Chinatown. The architecture is distinctly oriental, with archways and street lanterns. The main street is lined with eateries, all constantly filled with diners who flock to the area because of the variety of authentic Asian cuisine at reasonable prices. We joined the long queue at the corner shop where they were serving up traditional Taiwanese desserts.
Also a short walk from our hotel was the Sydney Tower. The Sydney Tower rises a quarter of a kilometre above the city streets and the observation deck offers the best vantage point for a 360-degree view of the city and beyond. The entrance ticket also includes OzTrek, a ten minute virtual reality ride (with real-motion seating) that takes you across Sydney, to Australia’s beaches and to the Australian bush.
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) located along George St is a beautiful 19th century building that is actually a shopping mall. Even if you were not going to buy anything, the architectural design is enough to warrant a visit. The dominant feature is the center dome; at the time of our visit, there was a magnificent Christmas tree decorated with brilliant Swarovski crystals rising towards the dome. There are also beautiful stained glass windows and an original 19th century staircase that sits alongside the dome.