Hong Kong Sights- Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
A spot of tranquility in a jungle of high rise apartments, you can find Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden.
The sights are a perfect place to escape the humidity in Hong Kong during the warmer months of the year. Chi Lin Nunnery, a large Buddhist temple complex and Nan Lian Garden are modelled after the Tang Dynasty (AD618 – 907) and are connected with an overhead pedestrian bridge, located in Diamond Hill of Kowloon. Since the two are adjacent to another, it is worth spending time walking through and stopping to take some photographs.
Chi Lin Nunnery:
The Chi Lin Nunnery was constructed in 1934, but really, it looks much older than that. Modelled similarly to the Buddhist temple but at a smaller size of the one I visited in Nara, Japan; Todaiji. Amongst the sights in the temple complex is a five story pagoda I could see in the hills, but I just couldn’t find a way to get there. Across the pedestrian bridge from Nan Lian Garden and through the front gate, you can walk through Lotus Ponds as you continue to the main building, “The Hall of Heavenly Kings.” The detail architecture of the structures really stand out to me, and perfect for some photographs with the mountains and high rise apartments in the background.
Nan Lian Garden:
A stunning sight to behold, a golden Chinese pavilion, “The Pavilion of Perfection”, with a striking red bridge (Zi Wu Bridge) that leads to it as it’s surrounded by water and bonsai trees. I remember first visiting the garden back in 2009 with my mom where she proclaimed “This is the most beautiful spot in all of Hong Kong, if not, then Kowloon!” I would second that proclamation. Along the paths throughout the garden, there are many sights to behold, with each deserving a photograph in its own right.
Along the circular path, you can find: two garden ponds filled with koi fishes, the Pine Path, the Chinese Timber Architect Gallery, and many rock formations and trees (mostly bonsai ones) each placed according to Tang Dynasty style, as well as the water and architecture. There is also a Chinese vegetarian restaurant (hidden behind the picturesque “Silver Strand” waterfall), a multi-function room, and a traditional tea house, the latter I was shooed away from taking a photo of it.
Easily accessible by the MTR (metro), visitors can alight at Diamond Hill MTR Station on the Kwun Tong Line (Green), take the C2 Exit and follow the signs on the road to the entrance of Nan Lian garden, a walk of less than 5 minutes. The complexes are opened daily, free of charge to the public from 7am to 9pm. Nearby at the MTR Station is Plaza Hollywood, a large shopping complex with shops and restaurants. Map is from Google Maps.