Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong

Located midst the Kowloon’s high-rise buildings and the hustle bustle of the city, The Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery is one of the most peaceful places you will ever find in Hong Kong. It might not be a typical tourists joint but nevertheless a perfect place to relax and unwind for couple of hours.

The entrance to the Garden

The entrance to the Garden

Nan Lian GardenThe Nan Lian is a beautiful Half moon shaped landscape garden designed in the Tang dynasty style with traditional Chinese pavilions, bridges, hillocks, flowers and plants. The 35,000 sq. m site is artfully utilized to create a serene atmosphere and even though it is right in the middle of the bustling Diamond Hill, you will appreciate the fact that the garden is well insulated from the outside noise.

Lush greenery

Lush greenery and petrified-wood rock

Pavilion Bridge

Pavilion Bridge

Pavilion of Absolute Perfection and the Zi-Wu Bridge

Pavilion of Absolute Perfection and the Zi-Wu Bridge

Xiang HAi Xuan- multi-purpose exhibition venue

Xiang HAi Xuan- multi-purpose exhibition venue

The corridor of Xiang Hai Xuan

The corridor of Xiang Hai Xuan

garden9Among the various Timber Structures, we were entranced by the Golden structure called as the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection, which is located in the middle of the garden with vermillion colored bridge on either side. However much as we wanted to check the inside of the pavilion, it is closed for public viewing. Taking a leisurely stroll along the ponds, the evergreen trees and pretty flowers we were ready to admit it was just what we needed after the city tour and shopping.

The Chi Lin veg restaurant

The Chi Lin veg restaurant and the Silver strand waterfall

Nan Lian Garden

The watermill

The watermill

At the far end of the garden, neatly hidden behind the artificial waterfall and watermill is a pure vegetarian restaurant, which serves lip-smacking authentic Cantonese cuisine. The steamed lotus seed buns we had are one of the best buns we have had so far. We do not have any pictures of the yummy food since photography is prohibited inside the restaurant.

Rocks from Honshu River displayed at the Rockery

Rocks from Honshu River displayed at the Rockery

Nan Lian Garden

Song Cha Xie and the Blue Pond

Song Cha Xie and the Blue Pond

Also, there is a teahouse “Song Cha Xie” located in a building that looks like a classic Chinese corridor overlooking the Blue Pond creating a tranquil atmosphere while sipping the Chinese tea.

View of the pavilion from Nan Lian Rock

View of the pavilion from Nan Lian Rock

Chi Lin Nunnery

Chi Lin Nunnery

The temple courtyard

The temple courtyard

Chi Lin NunneryThe garden is connected to the Chi Lin Nunnery, which is a Buddhist Temple complex established in the year 1934 and later renovated in Tang style in 1990. During the renovation the wooden structures were built in such a way that not a single iron nail was used indicating the relationship of nature and humans.

The Hall of the Celestial Kings

The Hall of the Celestial Kings

Chi Lin Nunnery

Chi Lin Nunnery

The Nunnery has courtyard with beautiful lotus pond and bonsai trees and the main temple has statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and Bodhisattvas made of Gold, clay, wood and stone.Hong Kong

The bonsai and Lotus pond

The bonsai and Lotus pond

Chi Lin NunneryThe serene environment of the nunnery is a perfect place for relaxing and meditation and you can easily spend an hour or two here taking in the beauty of the picture perfect surrounding.

Plaza Hollywood

Plaza Hollywood

Plaques at the mall

Plaques at the mall

The Nunnery and the Garden is five-minute walk from the Diamond Hill MTR station. You can also include small trip to the Plaza Hollywood mall as it is close to the Garden.

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14 Comments

  1. March 22, 2016    

    Wow.. Amazing pics 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Thank u Varthika 🙂

  2. March 22, 2016    

    Great pics 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Thank u 🙂

  3. March 22, 2016    

    That’s a breathtakingly beautiful place and you look lovely in that maxi! <3

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Thank u Maitreni 🙂

  4. Maniparna Sengupta Maniparna Sengupta
    March 22, 2016    

    Amazing pictures…you are looking great… 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Thank u Maniparna 🙂

  5. March 22, 2016    

    What a wonderful place. We missed this one in HK… But then I guess we missed most things then since we were honeymooning
    You girls look absolutely ravishing… Someday you should make a trip to Atlanta and we must travel together! ❤️

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Thank u for the sweet words dear!!We would be delighted to travel with you Archana, hopefully soon:) If not Atlanta, we can always plan a trip when you are in India next 🙂

  6. March 24, 2016    

    Beautiful pics and you both are pretty..

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Thank u Sadhvi

  7. March 26, 2016    

    Wonderful sights! The rock formations are huge and amazing. We don’t have that kind of exhibit in India.
    I liked those building structures too. Pity nobody builds that kind of stuff today.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 26, 2016    

      Yes, we agree with Indrani!! It would be remarkable if one could recreate these kind of architectures now.

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